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Table 6 The association between practitioner characteristics and referrals made between naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners and Midwives

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 midwife Annual number of referrals received from a midwife
<6 (n = 22) 6 or more (n = 16) p-value <6 (n = 20) 6 or more (n = 17) p-value
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)     
Years of experience 12.8 (10.2) 9.8 (7.4) 0.346 2.7 (1.9) 2.9 (1.5) 0.685
Average case-load per month (all) 35.1 (28.8) 36.3(30.7) 0.909 29.0 (27.1) 40.0 (27.4) 0.234
  % %   % %  
Age 22-44 29.2 56.3 0.087 30.0 41.2 0.478
  >44 70.8 43.7   70.0 58.8  
Education       
Diploma 41.2 50.0 0.114 40.0 45.4 0.497
Under-graduate 41.2 8.3   40.0 18.2  
Post-graduate 17.6 41.7   20.0 36.4