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Table 4 Odds ratios (confidence intervals) of differences in meeting performance objectives between groups

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)

Operationalisation of performance objective Group two versus group one Group three versus group one Group two versus group three
Patients with tests ordered N/A N/A N/A
Mean number of tests ordered N/A N/A N/A
GP performed physical examination 1.3 (0.8 to 2.2) 1.3 (0.8 to 1.9) 1.0 (0.6 to 1.8)
Patient understood GP's explanation of the complaints n (%) 1.8 (0.8 to 4.1) 1.4 (0.8 to 2.6) 1.3 (0.5 to 3.1)
Patient understood seriousness of complaints after the consultation 1.8 (1.1 to 3.0)* 1.7 (1.1 to 2.6)* 1.1 (0.6 to 1.8)
GP discussed the possibilities of additional tests with the patient 0.7 (0.4 to 1.1) 0.4 (0.3 to 0.7)* 1.5 (0.9 to 2.5)
GP asked the patient to return if the complaints did not disappear 3.8 (1.9 to 7.9)* 2.3 (1.4 to 3.9)* 1.6 (0.8 to 3.6)