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Table 2 Intra-professional relationships of PCPs

From: Referral patterns and attitudes of Primary Care Physicians towards chiropractors

Question Response DO N (%) MD N (%)
Do you recommend patients contact doctor on own or initiate formal referral yourself? Patient contact doctor 2 (1.9%) 2 (0.5%)
  Doctor initiates referral 101 (98.1%) 370 (99.2%)
  Unknown 0 1 (0.3%)
How often referral includes sending a case report? Always 20 (19.4%) 138 (36.5%)
  Usually 43 (41.7%) 142 (37.6%)
  Sometimes 30 (29.1%) 85 (22.5%)
  Never 10 (9.7%) 13 (3.4%)
How often referral includes sending X-Rays or X-Ray report? Always 34 (33%) 105 (27.6%)
  Usually 44 (42.7%) 143 (37.6%)
  Sometimes 24 (23.3%) 129 (33.9%)
  Never 1 (1%) 3 (0.8%)
How often referral includes sending clinical records other than X-Rays? Always 25 (24.3%) 100 (26.2%)
  Usually 47 (45.6%) 186 (48.8%)
  Sometimes 29 (28.2%) 90 (23.6%)
  Never 1 (1%) 3 (0.8%)
  Unknown 1 (1%) 2 (0.5%)
How often referral includes sending reason for referrals? Always 81 (79.4%) 320 (84.4%)
  Usually 17 (16.7%) 52 (13.7%)
  Sometimes 4 (3.9%) 7 (1.8%)
Have you accepted referral from other doctors? Yes 83 (79%) 313 (82.2%)
  No 22 (21%) 68 (17.8%)
How often do you send clinical information to referring doctor as follow-up to referral? Always 44 (55%) 152 (48.7%)
  Usually 24 (30%) 102 (32.7%)
  Sometimes 9 (11.3%) 49 (15.7%)
  Never 3 (3.8%) 9 (2.9%)
Has other PCP obtained clinical information or advice via curbside consultation Yes 103 (97.2%) 365 (94.1%)
  No 3 (2.8%) 23 (5.9%)
Have you obtained clinical information or advice from another PCP via curbside consultation? Yes 102 (96.2) 375 (97.7%)
  No 4 (3.8%) 9 (2.3%)
  1. PCP = Primary Care Physician
  2. DO = Doctor of Osteopathy
  3. MD = Medical Doctor