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Table 1 Motivating factors and barriers identified by PCOs.

From: General practitioners with a special interest in respiratory medicine: national survey of UK primary care organisations

Question Options N (%)
PCO-s that have (or are considering) a respiratory GPwSI service (n = 42)
What are the factors motivating your PCO to have/or consider a respiratory GPwSI service? (n = 41)* Identified local needs 33 (80)
  Winter pressures on hospital beds 19 (46)
  New GP contract targets 13 (32)
  Government directive 5 (12)
  Influence of local personalities 5 (12)
  Drug cost containment 4 (10)
  Secondary care initiative 4 (10)
  Local patient pressure 1 (2)
  There's a pot of money available 1 (2)
  Pharmaceutical company influence 0
What are the major problems you will have to overcome? (n = 39)* Competition with other local priorities 25 (64)
  Inadequate funding for respiratory GPwSI 20 (51)
  Inadequate infra structure support funding 15 (38)
  Respiratory disease is not a national priority 8 (21)
  Lack of local interest/expertise from GPs 6 (15)
PCOs that are not considering a respiratory GPwSI service (n = 69)
Why is a respiratory GPwSI service not a priority in your PCO? (n = 67)* Lack of local interest/expertise from GPs 24 (36)
  We have a respiratory specialist nurse 24 (36)
  Inadequate funding for respiratory GPwSI 13 (19)
  Inadequate infra structure support funding 13 (19)
  Respiratory disease is not a local priority 10 (15)
  Lack of local patient pressure 7 (10)
  Respiratory disease is not a national priority 6 (9)
  Opposition from secondary care 1 (1)
  Winter pressures are not a problem locally 0
  1. * Not all PCOs answered all the questions..