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Table 2 Demographic and practice characteristics associated with referral to a naturopath by rural and regional GPs in New South Wales, Australia (n = 585*)

From: The interface with naturopathy in rural primary health care: a survey of referral practices of general practitioners in rural and regional New South Wales, Australia

  Referral to naturopathy  
Demographic characteristics Weekly or monthly Seldom or never p-value
  % %  
Sex
 Male 48.1 55.4 0.115
 Female 51.9 44.6  
Age
 25-34 3.9 10.7 0.011
 35-44 25.3 20.2  
 45-54 37.7 37.8  
 55-64 29.3 23.2  
 >65 3.9 8.1  
RRMA
 3 33.8 26.5 0.067
 4 39.0 42.7  
 5 22.1 26.2  
 6 3.9 2.3  
 7 1.3 2.3  
Australian graduate?
 Yes 78.6 77.7 0.828
 No 21.4 22.3  
Initially from a rural area?
 Yes 26.0 34.6 0.051
 No 74.0 65.4  
Patient load (per week)
 <50 21.4 14.2 <0.001
 51-100 37.0 35.8  
 101-150 14.3 35.3  
 151-200 20.8 9.7  
 >200 6.5 5.1