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Table 1 Patient and practice characteristics of patients with a referral to medical specialist care, 2008–2010, 48,784 referrals

From: Compliance with referrals to medical specialist care: patient and general practice determinants: a cross-sectional study

Patient characteristics  
 Gender (% female) 58.7 %
Age
 0–17 year 12.2 %
 18–24 year 5.2 %
 25–44 year 24.1 %
 45–64 year 33.6 %
 65–74 year 13.3 %
 75 years or older 11.7 %
Chronic diseases
 No chronic disease 50.7 %
 1 chronic disease 29.8 %
 2 chronic diseases 12.3 %
 3 or more chronic diseases 7.1 %
Distance to nearest medical care facility (km) 3 (1–11)
Living in deprived urban area 9.3 %
Social status of the neighbourhood
 Quartile 1: -5.9 - -0.9 22.8 %
 Quartile 2: -0.9 - -0.2 27.9 %
 Quartile 3: -0.2 - 0.62 23.1 %
 Quartile 4: 0.62 - 2.86 26.3 %
Practice characteristics (per year)  
 Practice type
  Single-handed practice 25.6 %
  Duo practice 20,0 %
  Group practice or health centre 54,4 %
Face-to-face contacts with GP 2.63 (0.37)
Guideline adherence referrals 90.0 (4.3)
Primary care nurse 86.7 %