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Table 1 Patient characteristics by evaluation period

From: Walk-ins seeking treatment at an emergency department or general practitioner out-of-hours service: a cross-sectional comparison

  Emergency Department General Practitioner-Cooperative
  Summer 2007
(n = 570)
Summer 2009
(n = 563)
GPs
Winter 2009
(N = 445)
GPs
Summer 2009
(N = 239)
Night doctors
Summer 2009
(n = 84)
Age (years) 44.4 (42.6-46.1) 43.2 (41.4-44.9) 58.8 (56.3-61.2) 59.6 (55.8-63.4) 58.1 (52.4-63.8)
Male (%) 52.5 53.8 35.0 - ° 43.9
Walk-in time (%)      
   7-19 65.6 61.6 69.5 74.2 NA #
   19-22 17.7 13.9 20.2 19.1 NA #
   22-7 16.7 24.5 * 27.0 13.0 100.0
Mode of contact (%)      
Practice cons. NA NA 26.8 22.7 NA #
Home visit NA NA 59.5 63.1 95.9
Telephone NA NA 13.7 14.1 4.1
  1. * p < 0.01 Versus ED summer 2007 (22-7)
  2. ° In the GP-C in summer 2009 no data were collected on gender
  3. # Not Applicable: night doctors only consult from 22.00 p.m. -7 a.m. and do not offer practice consultations