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Table 1 Summary of quantitative variables analyzed, variables used, definitions, reference periods, and data sources

From: Evaluation of the implementation of centralized waiting lists for patients without a family physician and their effects across the province of Quebec

Effects Variables Definition and reference period Data sources
Accessibility Patients enrolled with a family physician through the GACO Number of patients enrolled with a family physician through the GACOs per 10,000 population per year SIGACO, 2011 census data
Vulnerable patients enrolled with a family physician through the GACO Number of vulnerable patients enrolled with a family physician through the GACOs per 10,000 population per year SIGACO, 2011 census data
Continuity Visits to the family physician with whom the patient was enrolled through the GACO Mean annual number of visits to the family physician with whom the patient was enrolled through the GACO RAMQ
Attendance rate Annual rate of primary care visits with the physician with whom the patient was enrolled through the GACO compared with other primary care visits to a family physician, including in the ER, since the patient was enrolled with the family physician through the GACO RAMQ
Medical team continuity Annual rate of visits to the medical clinic where the physician with whom the patient is enrolled practises, compared with visits to other clinics, including the ER RAMQ
ER use before/after GACO ER visits Mean annual number of visits to the ER both before and after enrollment with a family physician through the GACO RAMQ
Rate of ER visits Annual rate of visits to the ER compared with other primary care visits RAMQ
Visits to the ER to see the family physician with whom the patient was enrolled through the GACO Annual rate of visits in the ER with the family physician with whom the patient was enrolled through the GACO (exploratory), compared with other primary care visits since the patient was enrolled with that family physician through the GACO RAMQ