Table 2

GP characteristics (n = 163).

Age, mean (SD)47.1 (6.4)
Female sex, %26.4
Degree of urbanisation, %
 Rural62.0
 Urban38.0
Single-handed practice, %24.5
Consulting national guidelines for GPs, %
 Once a week or less46.0
 More than once a week54.0
Seeing pharmaceutical representatives, % yes56.4
Higher inclination to prescribe new drugs, mean (SD)a2.4 (0.7)
Views on respiratory tract symptoms and antibiotics, mean (SD)b
 Seriousness2.0 (0.8)
 Self-limiting character4.3 (0.6)
 Need to consult a GP3.5 (0.8)
 Need of antibiotics in cases of fever1.7 (0.7)
 Need of antibiotics in cases of green phlegm1.7 (0.7)
 Need of antibiotics in cases of white spots in the throat2.3 (1.1)
 Effectiveness of antibiotics1.9 (0.8)
 Side-effects of antibiotics3.7 (1.0)
  • a Scale ranged as follows: 1 (very reticent) to 5 (high inclination).

  • b Scale ranged as follows: 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree). SD = standard deviation.