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Table 4 Registered visit length: a comparison between inclusion and repeat visits of CM physicians and in general practice (Multilevel regression analyses)*

From: Diagnoses and visit length in complementary and mainstream medicine

Visit length Homeopathy
(N = 502)
Acupuncture
(N = 808)
Naturopathy
(N = 529)
General practice
(N = 2628)**
p-value
  Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD  
Inclusion visit1,2 4.546 0.07 3.525 0.08 4.33 0.08 1.11 0.03 2 <.0005;5 <.0005;
6 <.0005
First repeat visit1,2 2.356 0.08 2.86 0.09 2.73 0.1 1.11 0.03 2 <.0005; 6 <.0005
Third repeat visit1,2 2.346 0.09 2.87 0.09 2.75 0.1 1.11 0.03 2 <.0005; 6 <.0005
Fifth repeat visit1,2 2.55 0.1 2.89 0.09 2.58 0.1 1.11 0.03 2 <.0005
  1. *Controlled for age, gender and education level of patients
  2. ** Data from the DNSGP-2 patient registration in 2001(sub dataset for observation study)
  3. 1 Measure of visit length: 1 = 1-15 minutes; 2 = 16-30 minutes; 3 = 31-45 minutes; 4 = 46-60 minutes; 5 = > 60 minutes
  4. 2 significant difference between all CM visit length and visit length in general practice
  5. 3 significant difference between a single CM visit length and visit length in general practice
  6. 4 significant difference between homeopathic visit length and naturopathy visit length
  7. 5 significant difference between acupuncture visit length and naturopathy visit length
  8. 6 significant difference between homeopathic visit length and acupuncture visit length