Table 1

Characteristics of patients and doctors in the new contact group and in the follow-up group, % (n).

New contacts (n = 350)Follow-up (n = 263)
Patients
 Age in years, mean (SD)65.2 (15.3)57.2 (20.7)
 Males41.7 (145)49.8 (130)
 Higher education >18 years29.7 (104)27.4 (72)
 Consultation frequency >4/year45.4 (159)66.7 (176)
Number of complaints
 179.4 (278)81.4 (214)
 218.6 (65)14.8 (39)
 32.0 (7)3.8 (10)
 Referrals18.0 (63)17.2 (45)
Doctors
 Age in years, mean (SD)50.9 (7.5)51.3 (6.4)
 Males86.5 (283)96.1 (248)