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Table 2 Patient, GP, and consultation characteristics in the ECOGEN dataset

From: To which non-physician health professionals do French general practitioners refer their patients to and what factors are associated with these referrals? Secondary analysis of the French national cross-sectional ECOGEN study

  Total (n = 20,613)
Patient Characteristics
 Age: mean (SD) 46.6 (25.7)
 Female: number (%) 11,995 (58.2)
 Socio-occupational category: number (%)
  Employee 3972 (19.3)
  Worker 815 (4.0)
  Other professional activitya 2910 (14.2)
  No professional activityb 6150 (29.8)
  Retired 6766 (32.8)
 Regular patients: number (%) 19,473 (94.5)
General practitioner characteristics
 Age: mean (SD) 53.0 (7.5)
 Female: number (%) 7063 (34.3)
 Location: number (%)
  Rural 4163 (20.2)
  Semi-rural 5266 (25.5)
  Urban 11,184 (54.3)
 Practice type: number (%)
  Solo 4330 (21.0)
  Mono-professional medical group 12,149 (58.9)
  Multiprofessional centres 4134 (20.1)
 Annual number of consultations: mean (SD) 5162 (1749)
Consultation Characteristics
 Mean duration: minutes (SD) 16.7 (8.3)
 Number of consultation results: mean (SD) 2.21 (1.44)
 Number of consultation results during the consultation
  1 consultation result: number (%) 8567 (41.6)
  2 consultation results: number (%) 5644 (27.4)
  3 consultation results: number (%) 3250 (15.8)
  4 consultation results: number (%) 1614 (7.8)
  5+ consultation results: number (%) 1538 (7.5)
 Healthcare procedures delivered per consultation: mean (SD) 4.8 (3.09)
  1. aIncludes professions such as farmers, retailers, craftspeople and senior managers
  2. bIncludes children, unemployed people, stay at home parents, students etc. but does not include retired people