Table 2

Perceived importance of personal continuity (predicted means; higher scores indicate that GPs attach more importance to continuity (maximum 4 — minimum 1; n = 4027). Variables contributing significantly to the model (P < 0.01)

PercentagePredicted95%CI
Seriousness
 Not at all10.41.741.47 to 1.96
 Not serious32.61.821.56 to 2.04
 Neutral39.22.031.76 to 2.23
 Serious16.32.422.14 to 2.62
 Very1.52.932.59 to 3.17
Consultation type
 First contact new episode47.32.011.77 to 2.25
 Follow up contact known episode35.22.131.89 to 2.38
 Routine check chronic illness17.52.161.92 to 2.41
Nature main reason for encounter
 Somatic74.81.921.66 to 2.14
 Psychological11.72.502.23 to 2.73
 Functional/nervous8.62.201.92 to 2.42
 Social1.72.312.01 to 2.58
 Different/unclear3.21.921.58 to 2.20