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Table 1 Characteristics of the study sample ( n= 816)

From: How do GP practices and patient characteristics influence the prescription of antidepressants? A cross-sectional study

   Low prescribers ( n= 408) High prescribers ( n= 408)
   Number Percent [95% confidence interval] Number Percent [95% confidence interval]
Gender Female 116 28.4 [24.2–33.1] 118 28.9 [24.6–33.6]
Male 292 71.6 [66.9–75.8] 290 71.1 [66.4–75.4]
Practice location Rural 110 27.0 [22.8–31.6] 80 19.6 [15.9–23.9]
Urban 298 73.0 [68.4–77.2] 328 80.4 [76.1–84.0]
GP partially particular mode of practice Yes 40 9.8 [7.2–13.2] 13 3.2 [1.8–5.5]
No 368 90.2 [86.9–92.9] 395 96.8 [94.5–98.2]
Cessation of activity during the year 2010 Yes 7 1.7 [0.8–3.7] 7 1.7 [0.8–3.7]
No 401 98.3 [96.3–99.2] 401 98.3 [96.3–99.2]
   Mean   [Standard deviation] Mean   [Standard deviation]
Age of GPs   52.6   [9.39] 52.8   [8.10]
Cumulative years of medical practice   19.83   [10.71] 20.5   [9.7146]
Number of consultations and home visits   3,982   [1,994] 3,863   [1,758]
Number of different patients per year   1,106   [538] 1,012   [396]
Number of registered patients   701   [406] 732   [346]
Mean age of patients   46.3   [6.02] 45   [6.1]
Number of patients with low income   60   [79] 45   [48]
Number of patients with chronic disease   145   [91] 144   [80]
Number of days of Sickness certificates prescribed   3,608   [2,537] 3,571   [2,225]
Number of patients prescribed a sickness certificate   100 [64]    94   [50]
Total volume of reimbursement (number of units)   28,247   [17,316] 26,565   [14,477]
Number of prescriptions orders   3,847 [2,122]    3,808   [1,859]
% ≥ 70 new AD   0.86   [0.34] 0.95   [0.20]
Number of DDD   9,163   [6298] 14,848   [8,200]
AD prescription ratio   0.30   [0.09] 0.60   [0.27]