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Table 2 Variation in prehospital paths by patient residence centrality for all emergency admissions to somatic hospitals in Norway 2014 (N = 497,587a)

From: General practitioners’ and out-of-hours doctors’ role as gatekeeper in emergency admissions to somatic hospitals in Norway: registry-based observational study

  General practitioner Out-of-hours doctor Outpatient clinic or PSPCb Direct admission
Centrality N % N % N % N %
1 (most central) 13,838 16 24,804 28 4038 5 45,370 52
2 28,695 24 39,335 32 2271 2 51,675 42
3 32,060 26 37,024 30 2241 2 52,665 42
4 26,397 28 29,909 32 1675 2 36,426 39
5 14,972 31 15,458 32 667 1 17,859 36
6 (least central) 6156 31 6226 31 217 1 7493 37
  1. a 116 cases missing the centrality variable
  2. b Private specialist with public contract