Table 4

Registered visit length: a comparison between inclusion and repeat visits of CM physicians and in general practice (Multilevel regression analyses)*

Visit length

Homeopathy

(N = 502)

Acupuncture

(N = 808)

Naturopathy

(N = 529)

General practice

(N = 2628)**

p-value

Mean

SD

Mean

SD

Mean

SD

Mean

SD


Inclusion visit1,2

4.546

0.07

3.525

0.08

4.33

0.08

1.11

0.03

2 <.0005;5 <.0005;

6 <.0005

First repeat visit1,2

2.356

0.08

2.86

0.09

2.73

0.1

1.11

0.03

2 <.0005; 6 <.0005

Third repeat visit1,2

2.346

0.09

2.87

0.09

2.75

0.1

1.11

0.03

2 <.0005; 6 <.0005

Fifth repeat visit1,2

2.55

0.1

2.89

0.09

2.58

0.1

1.11

0.03

2 <.0005


*Controlled for age, gender and education level of patients

** Data from the DNSGP-2 patient registration in 2001(sub dataset for observation study)

1 Measure of visit length: 1 = 1-15 minutes; 2 = 16-30 minutes; 3 = 31-45 minutes; 4 = 46-60 minutes; 5 = > 60 minutes

2 significant difference between all CM visit length and visit length in general practice

3 significant difference between a single CM visit length and visit length in general practice

4 significant difference between homeopathic visit length and naturopathy visit length

5 significant difference between acupuncture visit length and naturopathy visit length

6 significant difference between homeopathic visit length and acupuncture visit length

Heiligers et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 10:3   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-10-3

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