Table 4

Introducing the referral issue in the consultations and corresponding mean referral rates1
GP Lowest quartile, Highest quartile, All GPs
strata
referral rate referral rate
<10% , >=16%,
n = 1102 n = 1047 n = 4350
consultations consultations consultations
n = 11 GPs n = 11 GPs n = 44 GPs
Referral Referral Referral Referral Referral Referral
issue rate issue rate issue rate
introduced introduced introduced
% % % % % %
(95% CI) (95% CI) (95% CI) (95% CI) (95% CI) (95% CI)
(n/N) (n/N) (n/N) (n/N) (n/N) (n/N)
Referral rate,
% 7.8 20.9 13.7
(95% CI) (6.2 – 9.4) (18.5 –23.4) (12.7–1 4.7)
(n/N) (86/1102) (219/1047) (595/4350)
Referral 18.0 43.4 31.3 66.8 23.0 59.4
issue (15.7–20.2) (36.5–50.4) (28.5- 34.1) (61.7–71.9) (21.8 - 24.3) (56.4 - 62.5)
introduced (198/1102) (86/198) (328/1047) (219/328) (1001/4350) (595/1001)
Referral
issue of 26.3 51.9 29.0 66.3 29.4 59.5
introduced (20.3 - 33.0) (38.1–65.7) (24.1 - 34.2) (56.7 –75.9) (26.6 – 32.3) (53.9 - 65.2)
by patient (52/198) (27/52) (95/328) (63/95) (294/1001) (175/294)
Referral
issue 73.7 40.4 71.0 67.0 70.6 59.4
introduced (67.0 - 79.7) (32.4–48.5) (65.8 - 75.9) (60.9 –73.4) (67.8 - 73.5) (55.8 - 63.0)
by GP (146/198) (59/146) (233/328) (156/233) (707/1001) (420/707)

1Comparing strata of GPs, by referral rate.

Ringberg et al.

Ringberg et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:147   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-147

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