Table 1

Characteristics of participating GPs (n = 72).a

Variablen (%)b
Men53 (74)
University of Antwerp graduates32 (44)
Professional training19 (28)
Fee for service69 (96)
Not single-handed35 (49)
GPPTsc in practice16 (22)
Part time13 (19)
Province
 Antwerp44 (61)
 Brussels2 (3)
 Limburg5 (7)
 West Flanders12 (17)
 East Flanders9 (13)
Peakflow meter67 (93)
Spirometer16 (22)
Training practice24 (33)
Academic link23 (32)
Records of home visits59 (82)
Computerised records51 (71)
Complementary medicine2 (3)
Mean (SD)
Age at start of this study (years)44 (8)
Patient encounters per week104 (42)
Home visits per week34 (19)
Medical representatives per month15 (10)
ATC J cost ratio15 (7)
ATC J volume ratio3 (1)
  • ATC J = Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical J. SD = standard deviation.

  • a GPs including the 1448 patients eligible for analysis. Their characteristics do not differ from the characteristics of the other GPs who agreed to participate in this study (n = 13).

  • b Denominators vary due to missing values.

  • c GPs in professional training.