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Table 7 The association between practitioner characteristics and referrals made between naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners and Clinical Psychologists

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 clinical psychologist Annual number of referrals received from a clinical psychologist
<6 (n = 26) 6 or more (n = 12) p-value <6 (n = 11) 6 or more (n = 4) p-value
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)     
Years of experience 14.0 (2.2) 9.3 (7.9) 0.196 3.4 (1.9) 4.3 (0.5) 0.374
Average case-load per month (all) 37.0 (26.2) 45.8 (29.1) 0.367 35.5 (21.3) 76.6 (54.8) 0.047
  % %   % %  
Age 22-44 23.1 54.6 0.062 27.3 50.0 0.409
  >44 76.9 45.4   72.7 50.0  
Education       
Diploma 55.6 57.1 0.446 100.0 66.7 0.168
Under-graduate 33.3 14.3   0.0 0.0  
Post-graduate 11.1 28.6   0.0 33.3  
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