Table 1

Comparison of being admitted to hospital if seen by a GP in each of the rates of admission quartiles from face-to-face contacts before and after introduction of the new general medical services contract.a

Referral rateOR of being admitted95% CI
Second7.47.41.802.041.56 to 2.081.81 to 2.29
Third10.910.62.752.932.38 to 3.172.63 to 3.26
Highest17.316.34.564.493.86 to 5.383.98 to 5.06
Overall rate9.549.50
  • a n = 149 GPs before and n = 234 GPs after. OR = odds ratio.