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Table 1 Associations between decision appropriateness and decision type and appropriateness assessment standard

From: Perceived difficulty and appropriateness of decision making by General Practitioners: a systematic review of scenario studies

  No. (%) appropriate decisions No. (%) inappropriate decisions Total
Decision type*** a
Screening or testing 9133 (81%) 2175 (19%) 11308
Diagnosis 5000 (73%) 1856 (27%) 6856
Treatment or management 19950 (55%) 15991 (45%) 35941
Total 34083 (62%) 20022 (38%) 54105b
Decision type sub-group*** a
Screening or testing Test ordering 9081 (81%) 2105 (19%) 11186
Examinationc 52 (43%) 70 (57%) 122
Treatment or management Prescribing 8000 (60%) 5217 (40%) 13217
Giving advice 4008 (47%) 4469 (53%) 8477
Referral 5748 (54%) 4795 (46%) 10543
Follow-upc 105 (43%) 138 (57%) 243
Appointment-schedulingc 11 (52%) 10 (48%) 21
Treatment other than prescribingc 31 (7%) 388 (93%) 419
Total 27036 (61%) 17192 (39%) 44228d
Method used for decision appropriateness assessment***
Guidelines 13284 (55%) 10716 (45%) 24000
Expert panel 15956 (68%) 7432 (32%) 23388
Literature 2653 (71%) 1080 (29%) 3733
Actual diagnosis 48 (23%) 161 (77%) 209
Combination 2339 (56%) 1821 (44%) 4160
Total 34280 (62%) 21210 (38%) 55490e
  1. Note: ***p < .001.
  2. aStudies included in multiple categories if multiple decisions of different types made.
  3. b4561 decisions from four studies excluded as either a) they could not be clearly classified into one category; b) there was insufficient information regarding either the decisions made or the response options given to allow for classification into a category.
  4. cCategory represents one study.
  5. dThe 6856 diagnostic decisions were not sub-categorised; 7582 decisions from eight studies excluded due to reasons a) and b) noted above.
  6. e3176 decisions from four studies excluded because the standard used was not specified.