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Table 1 Baseline data (January to April 2010): GP and practice characteristics and distribution of point-of-care tests in the two RCT groups

From: The effectiveness of computer reminders for improving quality assessment for point-of-care testing in general practice—a randomized controlled trial

  Total Early ComRem Late ComRem
GP characteristicsb (n = 341) (n = 170) (n = 171)
Gender, n (%)    
Male 171 (50.2) 79 (46.5) 92 (53.8)
Female 170 (49.8) 91 (53.5) 79 (46.2)
Age, mean (SD) 56.3 (8.2) 55.8 (8.2) 56.8 (8.2)
Years as GP, mean (SD) 14.8 (9.6) 14.8 (9.4) 14.9 (9.8)
Practice characteristics (n = 286) (n = 142) (n = 144)
Practice organization, n (%)    
Single handed 239 (83.6) 119 (83.8) 120 (83.3)
Group 47 (16.4) 23 (16.2) 24 (16.7)
Number of patients per doctor, mean (SD) 1,599 (404) 1,584 (395) 1,614 (413)
Performed point-of-care tests    
No. of Hemoglobin tests per practice, mean (SD) 39.8 (54.7) 41.5 (59.6) 38.0 (49.4)
No. of Glucose tests per practice, mean (SD) 47.2 (52.4) 52.1 (57.5) 42.3 (46.5)
Primary outcome    
No. of split tests (out of 8) per practice, mean (SD) 1.11 (1.37) 1.19 (1.44) 1.03 (1.29)
Secondary outcomes    
No. of practices with >0% of recommended split tests performed, n (%) 146 (51.1) 73 (51.4) 73 (50.7)
No. of practices with ≥75% of recommended split tests performed, n (%) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
  1. aP-value from a chi-squared test (categorical variables) or t-test (continuous variables).
  2. bThe tests on GP characteristics account for the clustering of GPs in practices.