Table 4

Comparison of the frequency of the utterances grouped under generalised headings (number of text passages with mean per consultation in parenthesis).

GPNurseMean difference (95% CI)P-value
Gathering information180 (10.0)210 (11.7)1.7 (−2.4 to 5.8)P = 0.416
Physical examination97 (5.4)112 (6.2)0.8 (−2.1 to 3.8)P = 0.568
Naming and explaining disease78 (4.3)116 (6.4)2.1 (−0.01 to 4.2)P = 0.051
Treatmenta113 (6.3)224 (12.4)6.1 (1.8 to 10.6)P = 0.007
Social/emotional/patient centredb40 (2.2)96 (5.3)3.1 (0.7 to 5.5)P = 0.013
  • a t-test P<0.01 (level required by Bonferroni correction).

  • b t-test P<0.05.