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Table 3 Other factors associated with referral to chiropractic or osteopathy by rural and regional GPs in New South Wales, Australia (n=585)

From: Referrals to chiropractors and osteopaths: a survey of general practitioners in rural and regional New South Wales, Australia

  Referral to chiropractic or osteopathy  
Factors Weekly or monthly Seldom or never p-value
  % %  
GPs level of knowledge of chiropractic and osteopathy Excellent 3.5 7.1 <0.001
Very Good 15.5 11.9  
Satisfactory 54.3 37.6  
Poor 26.1 34.3  
Very Poor 0.8 9.1  
Percentage of patients who have asked about CAM <10% 28.5 47.6 <0.001
11-25% 4.1 44.8  
26-50% 9.9 5.2  
>50% 20.5 2.4  
GP’s personal use of CAM Regularly 17.6 4.3 <0.001
Often 15.7 21.4  
Once/Rarely 35.2 22.9  
Never, but would consider 15.2 9.1  
Never, and would not consider 15.2 41.0  
Access to medical specialists is a problem Yes 2.4 3.3 0.509
No 97.6 96.7  
Patient request for referral Yes 51.2 30.0 <0.001
No 48.8 70.0  
Lack of other options Yes 13.9 6.7 0.005
No 86.1 93.3  
Positive results previously Yes 58.7 30.5 <0.001
No 41.3 69.5  
CAM practitioners are a major source of information on CAM Yes 26.9 6.2 <0.001
No 73.1 93.8  
Patients are a major source of information on CAM Yes 52.3 38.1 0.001
  No 47.7 61.9  
Belief in efficacy Yes 69.3 31.4 <0.001
No 30.7 68.6  
GP interested in increasing CAM knowledge? Yes 57.1 51.9 0.173
No 42.9 48.1  
GP has prescribed CAM to patients previously Yes 79.5 58.6 <0.001
No 20.5 41.4  
CGP’s comfort level with chiropractic and osteopathy Comfortable in general 30.9 4.8 <0.001
  Only in specific circumstances 52.4 22.9  
  Only if I knew them in person 14.0 14.3  
  I would not refer 1.9 58.1