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Table 2 Demographic and practice characteristics associated with referral to CMPs by rural and regional GPs in New South Wales, Australia

From: Referral to Chinese medicine practitioners in Australian primary care: a survey of New South Wales rural and regional general practitioners

Demographic characteristics Referral to CM practitioners P value
Weekly or monthly Seldom or never
  (%) (%)  
Sex Male 45.9 54.4 0.210
Female 54.1 45.6  
Age 25-34 4.9 9.4 0.373
35-44 24.6 21.2  
45-54 32.8 38.4  
55-64 32.8 23.9  
> 65 4.9 7.3  
RRMA (Level of rurality) 3 – Least remote 31.2 28.1 0.016
4 41.0 41.8  
5 14.8 26.3  
6 9.8 1.9  
7 – Most remote 3.2 1.9  
Australian graduate? Yes 78.7 77.9 0.883
No 21.3 22.1  
Initially from a rural area? Yes 21.3 33.6 0.055
No 78.7 66.4  
Patient load (per week) < 50 23.0 15.3 0.369
51-100 39.3 35.7  
101-150 23.0 30.5  
151-200 14.8 12.4  
> 200 0.0 6.1