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Table 1 Framework of the study methods

From: The benefits of co-location in primary care practices: the perspectives of general practitioners and patients in 34 countries

Methods used to answer the research questions Dependent variables
Multilevel regression models Independent variables GP outcomes
(4 variables)
Patient experience
(3 variables)
Model 1: Mono-professional co-location Variable 1: GP with other GPs First research question:
What relationships are there between GP co-location and the range of services provided, the use of clinical governance tools and inter-professional collaboration?
Second research question:
What are the relationships between GP co-location and the accessibility, comprehensiveness and continuity of care as perceived by their patients?
Model 2: Multi-professional co-location Variable 2: GP with other professionals
Model 3: Interaction between mono- and multi-professional co-location Variable 1 x Variable 2:
- Single-handed GP practice
- Two or more GPs without other professionals
- One GP with other professionals
- Two or more GPs with other professionals
Model 4: Details of GP co-location with multi-professionals Variable 2 detailed:
- GP with nurse
- GP with other health professionals
- GP with social worker
Comparison of the results between the four models in order to identify differences in the relationships between independent variables and dependent variables Third research questions:
Do the mono- and multi-professional co-location of GPs and the combination of these two dimensions relate differently to GP outcomes and patient experiences?