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Table 1 Characteristics of included patients for whom the GP was involved in the clinical pathway, shown by cancer site and total (N = 3,823)

From: Cancer suspicion in general practice, urgent referral and time to diagnosis: a population-based GP survey and registry study

  Colorectal Lung Malignant melanoma Breast Prostate Other Total
  n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%)
All 612(100) 474(100) 227(100) 518(100) 556(100) 1,436(100) 3,823(100)
Gender
Male 325(53.1) 266(56.1) 100(44.1) 0(0) 556(100) 790(55.0) 2,037(53.3)
Female 287(46.9) 208(43.9) 127(55.9) 518(100) 0(0) 646(45.0) 1,786(46.7)
Age groups (years):
18-44 16(2.6) 3(0.6) 63(27.8) 69(13.3) 0(0) 146(10.2) 297(7.8)
45-54 46(7.5) 42(8.9) 48(21.1) 119(23.0) 20(3.6) 184(12.8) 459(12.0)
55-64 115(18.8) 136(28.7) 43(18.9) 100(19.3) 136(24.5) 325(22.6) 855(22.4)
65-74 219(35.8) 167(35.2) 36(15.9) 91(17.6) 238(42.8) 400(27.9) 1,151(30.1)
> = 75 216(35.3) 126(26.6) 37(16.3) 139(26.8) 162(29.1) 381(26.5) 1,061(27.8)
GP’s symptom interpretation
Alarm 298(48.7) 148(31.2) 121(53.3) 419(80.9) 264(47.5) 592(41.2) 1,842(48.2)
Serious 127(20.8) 162(34.2) 9(4.0) 27(5.2) 59(10.6) 362(25.2) 746(19.5)
Vague 187(30.6) 164(34.6) 97(42.7) 72(13.9) 233(41.9) 482(33.6) 1,235(32.3)
Referral mode        
Cancer Patient Pathway (CPP) 222(36.3) 193(40.7) 82(36.1) 324(62.5) 220(39.6) 385(26.8) 1,426(37.3)
Cancer obs – no CPP 108(17.6) 79(16.7) 76(33.5) 92(17.8) 199(35.8) 369(25.7) 923(24.1)
Other 262(42.8) 174(36.7) 61(26.9) 83(16.0) 114(20.5) 613(42.7) 1,307(34.2)
Unknown 20(3.3) 28(5.9) 8(3.5) 19(3.7) 23(4.1) 69(4.8) 167(4.4)
Co-morbidity 1        
None 453(74.0) 323(68.1) 192(84.6) 406(78.4) 422(75.9) 1,088(75.8) 2,884(75.4)
Moderate 132(21.6) 124(26.2) 33(14.5) 93(18.0) 114(20.5) 286(19.9) 782(20.5)
High 27(4.4) 27(5.7) 2(0.9) 19(3.7) 20(3.6) 62(4.3) 157(4.1)
Missing 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0) 0(0)
Educational level – ISCED 2
Low 237(38.7) 211(44.5) 61(26.9) 179(34.6) 182(32.7) 551(38.4) 1,421(37.2)
Medium 230(37.6) 170(35.9) 93(41.0) 202(39.0) 236(42.4) 558(38.9) 1,489(38.9)
High 112(18.3) 73(15.4) 67(29.5) 121(23.4) 126(22.7) 263(18.3) 762(19.9)
Missing 33(5.4) 20(4.2) 6(2.6) 16(3.1) 12(2.2) 64(4.5) 151(3.9)
Disposable income in euro – OECD 3
Low 233(38.1) 198(41.8) 50(22.0) 150(29.0) 138(24.8) 494(34.4) 1,263(33.0)
Medium 209(34.2) 161(34.0) 73(32.2) 184(35.5) 194(34.9) 481(33.5) 1,302(34.1)
High 169(27.6) 115(24.3) 103(45.4) 183(35.3) 224(40.3) 460(32.0) 1,254(32.8)
Missing 1(0.2) 0(0) 1(0.4) 1(0.2) 0(0) 1(0.1) 4(0.1)
Region of residence 4
North Denmark Region 61(10.0) 43(9.1) 24(10.6) 60(11.6) 81(14.6) 178(12.4) 447(11.7)
Central Denmark Region 141(23.0) 120(25.3) 48(21.1) 129(24.9) 148(26.6) 343(23.9) 929(24.3)
Region of Southern Denmark 139(22.7) 101(21.3) 86(37.9) 128(24.7) 112(20.1) 321(22.4) 887(23.2)
Capital Region of Denmark 142(23.2) 128(27.0) 53(23.3) 109(21.0) 130(23.4) 359(25.0) 921(24.1)
Region Zealand 129(21.1) 82(17.3) 16(7.0) 92(17.8) 85(15.3) 235(16.4) 639(16.7)
  1. 1Charlson’s Comorbidity index, 2ISCED = International Standard Classification of Education, 3Disposable income (in thousand of euro according to OECD classification, 4Region of the patient’s GP as of November 2010.
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