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Table 2 Characteristics associated with the consultation including a chronic disease

From: Family medicine trainees’ clinical experience of chronic disease during training: a cross-sectional analysis from the registrars’ clinical encounters in training study

  Chronic disease
Variable Class No (n = 33921) Yes (n = 14191) P-value
Registrar’s (trainees’) training term Term1 13590 (71%) 5630 (29%) 0.12
  Term 2 11987 (72%) 4690 (28%)  
  Term 3 6281 (69%) 2833 (31%)  
  Term 4 2063 (67%) 1038 (33%)  
Registrar gender Male 11171 (71%) 4584 (29%) 0.54
  Female 22750 (70%) 9607 (30%)  
Pathway registrar enrolled in General 26199 (71%) 10945 (29%) 0.51
  Rural 7609 (71%) 3180 (29%)  
Qualified as a doctor in Australia No 9488 (71%) 3805 (29%) 0.63
  Yes 24096 (70%) 10264 (30%)  
Registrar works fulltime No 7013 (70%) 2996 (30%) 0.30
  Yes 26378 (71%) 11004 (29%)  
Registrar age (years) mean (SD) 32.9 (6.9) 32.8 (6.7) 0.82
Registrar year of graduation mean (SD) 2004 (6) 2004 (6) 0.43
Registrar worked at the practice previously No 22514 (72%) 8810 (28%) 0.049
  Yes 8660 (68%) 4061 (32%)  
Does the practice routinely bulk bill No 28318 (71%) 11737 (29%) <0.001
  Yes 5000 (69%) 2271 (31%)  
Number of GPs working at the practice 1-4 10182 (67%) 4940 (33%) <0.001
  5-9 18394 (71%) 7370 (29%)  
  Ten or more 4777 (74%) 1705 (26%)  
Rurality of practice Major city 19023 (72%) 7305 (28%) <0.001
  Inner regional 10966 (69%) 4965 (31%)  
  Outer regional or Remote 3846 (67%) 1898 (33%)  
SEIFA Index (decile) of practice mean (SD) 6.11 (2.48) 5.82 (2.44) <0.001
Patient age (years) <20 9552 (87%) 1374 (13%) <0.001
  20 to <40 9839 (76%) 3093 (24%)  
  40 to <60 7916 (63%) 4609 (37%)  
  60 to <80 4798 (56%) 3827 (44%)  
  80+ 1354 (56%) 1070 (44%)  
Patient gender Male 12746 (70%) 5416 (30%) 0.088
  Female 20524 (71%) 8479 (29%)  
Patient aboriginal or torres strait islander No 33619 (71%) 14034 (29%) 0.96
  Yes 302 (66%) 157 (34%)  
New patient to the registrar and/or practice Seen registrar before 13167 (64%) 7464 (36%) <0.001
  New patient to registrar 18110 (75%) 5949 (25%)  
  New patient to practice 2644 (77%) 778 (23%)  
Patient by practice nurse seen during consultation No 33211 (70%) 13898 (30%) 0.073
  Yes 710 (71%) 293 (29%)  
Any referral made during consultation No 29340 (73%) 10839 (27%) <0.001
  Yes 4581 (58%) 3352 (42%)  
Registrar generated learning goals No 27286 (72%) 10381 (28%) <0.001
  Yes 5919 (62%) 3559 (38%)  
Registrar sought assistance from any source during consultation No 28337 (71%) 11487 (29%) <0.001
  Yes 5584 (67%) 2704 (33%)  
Duration of consultation (hours) mean (SD) 0.26 (0.14) 0.32 (0.17) <0.001
Number of problems addressed during consultation mean (SD) 1.37 (0.66) 2.00 (0.95) <0.001
Number of pathology tests ordered mean (SD) 0.69 (1.87) 1.09 (2.28) <0.001
Number of imaging tests ordered mean (SD) 0.13 (0.39) 0.16 (0.44) <0.001