Table 2.

GPs’ actions following consultation prompted by suspicion of serious disease

Suspicion present (n = 256), n (%)No suspicion (n = 4262), n (%)Univariate, PR (95% CI)Multivariate,a PR (95% CI)
ReferralAll referrals134 (52.3)878 (20.6)2.54 (2.23 to 2.90)2.56 (2.22 to 2.96)
Outpatient clinic40 (15.6)207 (4.9)3.22 (2.35 to 4.40)3.27 (2.34 to 4.56)
Hospital admission9 (3.5)45 (1.1)3.33 (1.65 to 6.74)3.17 (1.54 to 6.50)
Primary care specialist28 (10.9)215 (5.0)2.17 (1.49 to 3.15)2.35 (1.65 to 3.33)
Diagnostic imaging43 (16.8)181 (4.2)3.96 (2.91 to 5.38)3.95 (2.80 to 5.57)
Othersb25 (9.8)299 (7.0)1.39 (0.94 to 2.05)1.45 (0.98 to 2.16)
Tests in GP clinicc140 (54.7)1744 (40.9)1.34 (1.19 to 1.50)1.29 (1.16 to 1.44)
Follow-up in general practiceScheduled follow-up162 (63.3)2082 (48.9)1.30 (1.18 to 1.42)1.15 (1.05 to 1.26)
New contact if needed33 (12.9)876 (20.6)0.63 (0.46 to 0.87)0.69 (0.50 to 0.95)
No follow-up scheduled43 (16.8)1011 (23.7)0.71 (0.54 to 0.93)0.78 (0.59 to 1.03)
Missing18 (7.0)293 (6.9)
  • a PR (prevalence ratio) adjusted for sex, age group, chronic disease group, income quartile, and clustering.

  • b Such as physiotherapist, laboratory, psychologist, or dentist.

  • c Such as blood samples or urine analysis.