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Table 2 Characteristics associated with lowest SEIFA-IRSD quintilea and highest 4 SEIFA-IRSD quintilesa (n=241,945)b

From: Socioeconomic status of practice location and Australian GP registrars’ training: a cross-sectional analysis

Variable Class Lowest quintilea
n (%)
Highest 4 quintilesa
n (%)
p
Registrar Variables
 Registrar gender Male 18306 (41) 70561 (36) 0.064
Female 26004 (59) 127074 (64)  
 Registrar Full-Time or Part-Time Part-time 9488 (22) 42851 (22) <0.001
Full-time 33876 (78) 149195 (78)  
 Training term Term 1 19348 (44) 76513 (39) <0.001
Term 2 15661 (35) 71614 (36)  
Term 3 9301 (21) 49508 (25)  
 Worked at practice previously No 31894 (73) 147753 (76) <0.001
Yes 11996 (27) 47085 (24)  
 Qualified as doctor in Australia No 9075 (21) 33516 (17) 0.201
Yes 34995 (79) 162779 (83)  
 Pathway General 30867 (70) 149094 (76) 0.181
Rural 13145 (30) 47289 (24)  
 Non English Speaking background No 9368 (21) 30096 (15) 0.01
Yes 34762 (79) 165988 (85)  
 Registrar age mean (SD) 32 (6) 32 (6) <0.001
Practice Variables
 Practice size Small 20593 (47) 64277 (34) <0.001
Large 22770 (53) 127297 (66)  
 Region Region 1 7196 (16) 57084 (29) <0.001
Region 2 5628 (13) 17844 (9)  
Region 3 11663 (26) 18762 (9)  
Region 4 15775 (36) 82700 (42)  
Region 5 527 (1) 6489 (3)  
Region 6 3521 (8) 14756 (7)  
 Practice routinely bulk bills No 26883 (62) 158480 (81) <0.001
Yes 16647 (38) 36595 (19)  
 Rurality Major city 23291 (53) 121805 (62) <0.001
Regional/remote 21019 (47) 75207 (38)  
Patient Variables
 Patient age group 0-14 6818 (16) 35095 (18) <0.001
15-34 11976 (27) 52934 (27)  
35-64 16778 (38) 72566 (37)  
65+ 8130 (19) 34045 (17)  
 Patient gender Male 17252 (40) 75055 (39) 0.015
Female 26077 (60) 117639 (61)  
 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander No 40277 (98) 183157 (99) <0.001
Yes 889 (2) 2517 (1)  
 Non-English Speaking Background No 35225 (85) 175804 (94) <0.001
Yes 6371 (15) 11115 (6)  
 Patient/practice status Existing patient 19487 (45) 77234 (40) <0.001
New to registrar 20838 (48) 102124 (53)  
New to practice 2910 (7) 14067 (7)  
Consultation Variables
 Sought assistance (any source) No 33095 (75) 153168 (78) <0.001
Yes 11215 (25) 44467 (22)  
 Chronic problem No 31631 (71) 145957 (74) <0.001
Yes 12679 (29) 51678 (26)  
 Procedure performed No 39529 (89) 178213 (90) 0.002
Yes 4781 (11) 19422 (10)  
 Seen by practice nurse No 39847 (90) 177741 (91) 0.719
Yes 4215 (10) 18504 (9)  
 Consultation duration mean (SD) 18 (9) 17 (9) <0.001
 Number of problems managed mean (SD) 2 (1) 2 (1) <0.001
Consultation Outcomes Variables
 Imaging ordered No 39405 (89) 175527 (89) 0.646
Yes 4905 (11) 22108 (11)  
 Follow-up ordered No 18096 (41) 89785 (45) <0.001
Yes 26214 (59) 107850 (55)  
 Pathology ordered No 34649 (78) 153738 (78) 0.430
Yes 9661 (22) 43897 (22)  
 Medication prescribed No 18330 (41) 84381 (43) 0.276
Yes 25980 (59) 113254 (57)  
 Referral made No 36744 (83) 163768 (83) 0.700
Yes 7566 (17) 33867 (17)  
 Learning goals generated No 31167 (73) 145215 (76) <0.001
Yes 11494 (27) 45812 (24)  
  1. aQuintile based on SEIFA-IRSD categorisation within the population of ReCEnT participating teaching practices.
  2. bnumbers may not add up to 241,945 due to missing data