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Table 1 Features of GP cooperatives in the Netherlands 161718.

From: Patient safety in out-of-hours primary care: a review of patient records

GP cooperative
Out-of-hours is defined as daily from 5 pm to 8 am and the entire weekend
Population of 100,000 to 500,000 patients
Distances up to 30 km
GP cooperative usually situated near a hospital
Access through a single regional telephone number
Telephone triage by nurses
50-250 GPs, on call 4 hours a week on average
GP shift of 6 to 8 hours
Per shift, GPs have different roles: home visits, centre consultations, and supervising telephone triage
Drivers in identifiable GP cars that are fully equipped (e.g., O2, i.v. drip equipment, automated external defibrillator, medication)
Information and communication technology (ICT) support, including electronic patient files and online connection to the GP car