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Table 2 Participant facilities, interviewed subjects, and combinations of researchers

From: How do general practitioners handle complexities? A team ethnographic study in Japan

  Expert GPs
Age (gender)
Region and municipality Population composition of the municipality
[As of January 2020.]
Administration Scale of the hospital or clinic History of the general practice facility Interviewed subjects Schedule of visit (period) Researchers
Hospital A and an affiliated outpatient and home visit clinic 40 s (Ma) and 40 s (Ma) Kansai, a local small city located in the suburbs Approximately 80,000 people Public Regional core general hospital with 350 beds General internal medicine department started in 2008 Five physicians (four GPs (M) and GP residents (F)), one physical therapist (M), two nurses (F), one MSW (F), and one medical assistant (F) February 21, 2019 (1 day) JH, JT
Clinic B 50 s (Ma) and 30 s (Ma) Kansai, a rural town Approximately 10,000 people Private Outpatient and home visit clinic (no hospitalization) Clinic started in 1999 Two male GPs (due to limited time, physicians only) February 21, 2019 (1 day) SO, SK
Hospital C 50 s (Ma) Hokkaido, a central city of the prefecture Approximately 2,000,000 people Private Regional core hospital with 500 beds General practice department started in 2002 Three GPs (M) and an emergency medicine specialist (M), three nurses (F), one physical therapists (M), one MSW (M) August 30–31, 2019 (2 days) JH, SK
Clinic D 40 s (Ma) Hokkaido, the same city as Hospital C Approximately 2,000,000 people Private Hospital-affiliated outpatient and home visit clinic Clinic started in 2000 One GP (M), two nurses (F), one nutritionist (F), one MSW (F), one medical clerk (F), one administrative staff (M), one nurse (F) in a nearby care facility August 29–30, 2019 (2 days) SO, YH
Clinic E 40 s (Ma) Hokkaido, the same city as Hospital C Approximately 2,000,000 people Private Outpatient and home visit clinic Clinic started in 2010 One GP (M), one nurse (F), one physical therapist (M), one MSW (F), one chief of medical staff (F), one nurse (F) in a nearby care facility August 29–30, 2019 (2 days) RG, JT
Hospital F 40 s (Ma) Kanto, a central city of the prefecture Approximately 500,000 people Public Regional core hospital with 350 beds General practitioners have been engaged there since 2011 One GP (M), one nurse (F), one pharmacist (M), one physical therapist (M), two MSWs (F), one chief of medical staff (M) November 21, 2019 (1 day) JH, RG
Hospital G 50 s (Ma) Okinawa, a central city of the prefecture Approximately 120,000 people Public Regional core hospital with 500 beds General internal medicine center started in 1996 (discontinued during fiscal year 2006 to 2007, and resumed in fiscal year 2008) Three GPs (M), one nurse (F), one medical staff (F) December 19, 2019 (1 day) JH, RG, JT
Clinic H 50 s (Ma) Tohoku, a central city of the prefecture Approximately 230,000 people Private Clinic Clinic started in 2010 One GP (M), one nurses (F), three medical clerks (F), February 10–11, 2020
(2 days)
JH, RG
Hospital I 40 s (Ma) Kyushu, a city located in the suburbs Approximately 130,000 people Private Hospital Transferred from municipal to private status in 2008 Two GPs (M), three nurse (F), one pharmacist (F), one physical therapist (M), one speech therapist (F), one medical clerk (F), two MSWs (M, F), one medical secretary (F) February 20–21, 2020
(2 days)
SO, SK, YH
  1. aM Male, F Female