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Table 1 Characteristics of the participating nursing homes and nursing home residents

From: Contacts with general practitioners, dentists, and medical specialists among nursing home residents: a cross-sectional study in 44 German nursing homes

Category %
Nursing home characteristics
Sponsorship (n = 41)
  Independent nonprofit 51.2
  Private 43.9
  Public/municipal 4.9
Number of nursing home beds (n = 43)
  Mean (SD); Median (IQR) 87.2 (48.8); 77.0 (58.0-93.0)
Cooperation agreements with GPs (n = 40)
  Yes 40.0
Cooperation agreements with dentists (n = 40)
  Yes 60.0
Transport service for contacts at a practice (n = 43)
  Yes 23.3
Medical escort service for contacts at a practice (n = 41)
  Yes 58.5
Nursing home residents’ characteristics
Sex (n = 400)
  Male 33.3
Age group (n = 400)
  60-74 years 18.8
  75-84 years 33.5
  85+ years 47.8
  Mean (SD); Median (IQR) 83.0 (9.4); 84.0 (77.0-90.0)
Long-term care grade (n = 400)
  1/2 19.8
  3 37.8
  4/5 42.5
Years of residence (n = 400)
  Mean (SD) 4.4 (4.3); 3.0 (1.8-5.5)
Relatives take care of GP utilization (n = 365)
 Yes 26.3
Relatives take care of medical specialist utilization (n = 364)
  Yes 34.1
  1. Abbreviations: SD standard deviation, IQR interquartile range, GP general practitioner