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Table 3 The association between practitioner characteristics and referrals made between naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners and GPs

From: The characteristics, experiences and perceptions of naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners: results from a national survey in New Zealand

Practitioner and practice-related characteristics Annual number of referrals made to a GP Annual number of referrals received from a GP
<6 (n = 35) 6 or more (n = 45) p-value <6 (n = 37) 6 or more (n = 23) p-value
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)     
Years of experience 12.1 (10.3) 10.1 (8.2) 0.346 2.9 (1.6) 3.3 (1.5) 0.275
Average case-load per month (all) 23.8 (22.6) 39.4 (33.8) 0.025 33.9 (24.4) 41.6 (36.0) 0.298
  % %   % %  
Age 22-44 37.1 40.9 0.733 25.0 26.1 0.925
  >44 62.9 59.1   75.0 73.9  
Education       
Diploma 50.0 42.9 0.130 34.5 53.3 0.261
Under-graduate 39.3 25.7   44.8 20.0  
Post-graduate 10.7 31.4   20.7 26.7  
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