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Table 1 Patient and visit characteristics (n = 1791)

From: Associations between primary care practice type and patient-reported access

Patient demographics
 Sex – female 1009 (56%)
 Age, years 57 (±0.44)
 Currently employed 619 (35%)
 Retired 749 (42%)
 Self-perceived as average income compared for region 1312 (73%)
 Completed post-secondary education 305 (17%)
 Born in Switzerland 1331 (74%)
 Speaks the local official language fluently 1417 (79%)
Patient health-related characteristics
 How would you describe your own health? (Fair or poor) 590 (33%)
 Do you have a longstanding disease or condition? (yes) 800 (45%)
 Do you have your own doctor? (yes, the one I visited) 1629 (91%)
 Do you have your own doctor? (yes, another one) 100 (6%)
Visit characteristics
 What is the reason for your visit?
  Illness 670 (37%)
  Check-up 590 (33%)
   Other 530 (30%)
Physician Demographics
 Sex (female) 44 (22%)
 Age, years 55 (±0.57)
 Employment status
  Salaried (%) 9 (4.5%)
  Self-employed (%) 194 (97%)
Practice characteristics
 Comprehensiveness score 55 (±0.57)
 Linguistic area
  German speaking 123 (62%)
  French speaking 69 (35%)
  Italian speaking 8 (4%)
 Practice location
  City / suburbs 61 (31%)
  Small town 34 (17%)
  Mixed urban / rural 50 (25%)
  Rural 52 (26%)