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Table 4 Percentage distribution of profession of referring physicians for patients treated by a physical therapist in 2005, for Israel (Maccabi) and the Netherlands (LiPZ), for the total patient population, patients treated for their lumbar spine and patients with ankle sprain

From: Comparing patient characteristics and treatment processes in patients receiving physical therapy in the United States, Israel and the Netherlands: Cross sectional analyses of data from three clinical databases

Total population

Maccabi

LiPZ

p

GP

20.9

89.8

<0.001

Orthopaedist

67.4

3.8

 

Neurologist

1.5

0.6

 

Rheumatologist

0.4

0.2

 

Other

9.9

5.6

 

Number of patients (abs.)

99,541

12,193

 

Lumbar spine treated

   

GP

19.2

93.8

<0.001

Orthopaedist

73.3

0.4

 

Neurologist

0.6

0.6

 

Rheumatologist

0.2

0.0

 

Other

6.7

5.1

 

Number of patients (abs.)

22,166

2,057

 

Treated for ankle sprain

   

GP

8.7

95.5

<0.001

Orthopaedist

85.0

1.3

 

Neurologist

0.0

0.0

 

Rheumatologist

0.1

0.0

 

Other

6.2

3.2

 

Number of patients (abs.)

1,463

155