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Table 1 Principal characteristics of groups of patients based on co-location

From: Is the co-location of GPs in primary care centres associated with a higher patient satisfaction? Evidence from a population survey in Italy

Patient characteristics Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Total
Gender (%)
 Male 46.3 48.5 42.9 48.6 47.7
 Female 53.7 51.5 57.1 51.4 52.3
Age group (%)
 18–45 y 33.5 37.6 38.8 37.5 37.3
 46–65 y 33.0 32.2 35.3 34.3 33.7
 65+ y 33.5 30.2 25.9 28.2 29.0
Education (%) (p < 0.05) among groups
 Low (primary) 19.6 22.8 14.0 19.8 20.0
 Medium (secondary) 31.5 28.6 24.6 28.2 28.2
 High (high school, degree) 48.9 48.6 61.4 52.0 51.8
Self-reported health status (%) (p < 0.05) among groups
 Bad 17.3 11.2 10.5 11.5 11.9
 Fair 46.5 51.0 44.1 45.5 46.9
 Good 36.2 37.8 45.5 43.1 41.2
Self-reported chronicity (%) (p < 0.05) among groups      
 No 61.7 64.3 67.1 71.0 67.8
 Yes 38.3 35.7 32.9 29.0 32.2
Frequency of visits to GP in the last year (%)
 Never 1.1 4.5 5.5 5.0 4.5
 Rarely (1–4 times/year) 53.8 59.6 55.1 56.3 56.9
 Sometimes (at least 5 times/year) 45.2 35.9 39.4 38.7 38.6
 Often (at least once/month) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Main reason for visit to GP (%)
 Administrative (prescription. certificate) 53.0 52.2 50.9 56.4 54.3
 Health reason 47.0 47.8 49.1 43.6 45.7
Co-location of GP in primary care centres (N. - %)
 Yes 188 569    37.4
 No    224 1.044 62.6
Experience of multidisciplinary team (N. - %)
 Yes 188    224   20.4
 No    569   1.044 79.6
Co-location of multidisciplinary team in primary care centres (N. - %)      
 Patients of GP within PCC with experience of multidisciplinary team 188     9.2
 Patients of GP within PCC without experience of multidisciplinary team   569    28.1
 Patients of GP not in PCC with other experience of multidisciplinary team    224   11.1
 Patients of GP not in PCC without any experience of multidisciplinary team     1.044 51.5
Satisfaction – overall care evaluation (score) (%) (p < 0.05) among groups 87.7 83.7 84.3 83.5 84.0