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Table 2 Background data of participating GPs (n = 91)

From: The effect of watchful waiting compared to immediate test ordering instructions on general practitioners' blood test ordering behaviour for patients with unexplained complaints; a randomized clinical trial (ISRCTN55755886)

Variables Categories Results overall
n = 91 GPs
Randomization
    Immediate
n = 33 GPs
Watchful waiting
n = 29 GPs
Watchful waiting + strategy
n = 29 GPs
Mean age, years (SD)   45 (7.3) 47 (5.8) 44 (7.2) 45 (8.8)
Gender n (%) Male 67 (74) 26 (79) 17 (59) 24 (83)
Mean number of years of experience as a GP (SD)   13 (8.7) 14 (7.1) 11 (8.4) 14 (10.4)
Practice type (soloists versus other)n (%) Solo 34 (37) 9 (27) 15 (52) 10 (34)
Practice location
n (%)
Urban
Semi-rural
Rural
45 (50)
11 (12)
34 (38)
15 (47)
4 (13)
13 (41)
15 (52)
5 (17)
9 (31)
15 (47)
4 (13)
13 (41)