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Table 4 Perceived strengths and weaknesses of different models

From: Out-of-hours care in western countries: assessment of different organizational models

  Small family doctor based models Large family doctor based models Hospital based and national models
  Individual general family practice
(N = 3)
Rota group
(N = 21)
GP coopera-tive
(N = 9)
Primary care center
(N = 5)
Deputizing service
(N = 3)
A&E department
(N = 7)
Telephone triage and advice
(N = 3)
Integrated care
(N = 1)
Continuity of care - 0 0 - - - - +
Efficiency 0 0 + - - - 0 +
Accessibility + + + + 0 - + 0
Coordination of care 0 0 + - - - 0 +
Satisfaction physicians 0 - + - 0 0 - 0
Satisfaction other professionals 0 0 + 0 + 0 - 0
Satisfaction patients 0 + + 0 0 + + -
Safety of triage 0 + + 0 0 0 0 +
  1. Legend+ = potential strength, no or few problems (median < 2); 0 = neutral, some problems (median = 3); - = potential weakness, many to major problems (median > 2). Changes after the second mailing led to some missings; therefore, the number of most used models is lower.