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Table 4 Percentage distribution of profession of referring physicians for patients treated by a physical therapist in 2005, for Israel (Maccabi) and the Netherlands (LiPZ), for the total patient population, patients treated for their lumbar spine and patients with ankle sprain

From: Comparing patient characteristics and treatment processes in patients receiving physical therapy in the United States, Israel and the Netherlands: Cross sectional analyses of data from three clinical databases

Total population Maccabi LiPZ p
GP 20.9 89.8 <0.001
Orthopaedist 67.4 3.8  
Neurologist 1.5 0.6  
Rheumatologist 0.4 0.2  
Other 9.9 5.6  
Number of patients (abs.) 99,541 12,193  
Lumbar spine treated    
GP 19.2 93.8 <0.001
Orthopaedist 73.3 0.4  
Neurologist 0.6 0.6  
Rheumatologist 0.2 0.0  
Other 6.7 5.1  
Number of patients (abs.) 22,166 2,057  
Treated for ankle sprain    
GP 8.7 95.5 <0.001
Orthopaedist 85.0 1.3  
Neurologist 0.0 0.0  
Rheumatologist 0.1 0.0  
Other 6.2 3.2  
Number of patients (abs.) 1,463 155