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Table 4 The association between practitioner characteristics and referrals made from naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners to specialists

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 specialist
<6 (n = 30) 6 or more (n = 9) p-value
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)  
Years of experience 11.5 (9.4) 8.5 (7.1) 0.413
Average case-load per month (all) 26.6 (19.0) 49.0 (36.1) 0.020
  % %  
Age 22-44 40.0 37.5 0.898
  >44 60.0 62.5  
Education    
Diploma 45.4 57.1 0.532
Under-graduate 36.4 14.3  
Post-graduate 18.2 28.6