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Table 2 Patient characteristics and treatment of pooled evaluation periods

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

  Pooled (n = 1133)
ED summer 2007
ED summer 2009
Pooled (n = 768)
GP-C winter 2009
GP-C summer 2009
Night doctors summer 2009
Age (years) * 43.8 (42.5-45.0) 58.9 (57.0-60.8)
Male (%)* 53.1 36.5
Walk-in time (%)   
   7-19 63.6 60.4
   19-22 15.8 16.7
   22-7 20.6 23.0
Diagnostics (%) *   
   No 22.3 80.7
   Laboratory analysis 54.8 15.3
   Radiography 45.3 1.2
   EKG 23.2 1.7
   Sonography 5.9 0.5
   Other ° 12.3 2.8
Outpatient care (%)* 79.9 85.7
Injury (%)* # 44.4 7.0
  1. * p < 0.05 between the ED and GP-C
  2. ° ED: CT, Specialist Consultation, Duplex-Sonography, Echocardiography, Interventional Radiology, MRI, Endoscopy (detailed frequencies see text)
  3. # According to the ICPC components patients were classified into injury versus non-injury related medical problems