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Table 1 Characteristics of the patients (n = 1463) and their family physicians (n = 199) in the sample

From: Coping better with health problems after a visit to the family physician: associations with patients and physicians characteristics

  N Frequency (%)
Patients 1463  
Gender
male 629 43.0
female 834 57.0
Age
  < 45 395 27.1
45–59 341 22.3
60–70 341 23.9
  > 70 381 26.7
Language area
German 857 58.5
French 423 28.9
Italian 183 12.5
Job seeking or invalidity
Yes 136 9.3
No 1324 90.7
Income
Below average 207 14.1
Around average 1091 74.6
Above average 165 11.3
Education level
No qualification 459 31.3
Upper secondary 753 51.5
Post secondary 251 17.2
Country of birth
Switzerland 1086 74.2
EU 255 17.5
Other 122 8.3
Main reason of the visit
Ill or didn’t feel well 557 38.1
Other 906 61.9
Longstanding disease
No 808 55.2
Yes 655 44.8
Perceived health
Good or very good 984 67.3
Fair or poor 479 32.7
Patient’s own doctor
No 93 6.4
Yes 1359 93.6
Would recommend this physician
No 31 2.1
Yes 1432 97.9
Patient enablement
Yes 1340 91.6
No 123 8.4
Family physicians 199  
Gender
Male 155 77.9
Female 44 22.1
Age
  < 56 94 47.2
  > =56 105 52.8
Practice area
Rural 102 51.8
Urban 95 48.2
Group practice
Yes 104 52.3
No 95 47.7