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Table 1 Characteristics of 436 general practitioners that responded to the questionnaire

From: Factors influencing general practitioners in the referral of elderly cancer patients

  N (%)
Gender   
Male 321 (73.6)
Female 115 (26.4)
Age   
<50 yrs 177 (40.6)
≥ 50 yrs 238 (54.6)
District   
Dordogne 57 (13.1)
Gironde 172 (39.4)
Landes 60 (13.8)
Lot-et-Garonne 38 (8.7)
Pyrénées-Atlantiques 94 (21.6)
Unknown 15 (3.4)
Practice setting   
Urban 321 (73.6)
Rural 115 (26.4)
Number of years of medical practice   
<21 yrs 212 (48.6)
≥ 21 yrs 224 (51.4)
Working situation   
Alone 188 (43.1)
Partnership 242 (55.5)
Weekly working time   
<55 hours 205 (47.0)
≥ 55 hours 231 (53.0)
Training in oncology   
Yes 64 (14.7)
No 355 (81.4)
Training in geriatrics   
Yes 120 (27.5)
No 308 (70.6)
Percentage of patients over 70 yrs   
<10% 36 (8.3)
10 to 15% 146 (33.5)
15 to 20% 115 (26.4)
20 to 30% 89 (20.4)
>30% 16 (3.7)
Chronological age at which considered as "elderly"   
≥ 60 yrs 3 (0.7)
≥ 65 yrs 29 (6.6)
≥ 70 yrs 147 (33.7)
≥ 75 yrs 169 (38.8)
≥ 80 yrs 86 (19.7)