Table 1

Characteristics of participating general practitioners (GPs) (n=23)

GP characteristicsMeanRange
GP age5551–60
Actual retirement age (n=3)5555–56
Anticipated retirement age (n=17)5955–63
NPer cent
Gender
 Male1461
 Female939
Role in practice
 Partner2191
 Locum29
Practice size
 Small/medium (list size <3500–8000 patients)835
 Large (list size >8000 patients)1565
Practice location
 Urban (postcodes PL1, PL2, PL3, PL4, EX1, EX2, EX3, EX4, TA1)835
 Non-urban (all other postcodes in the region)1565
Practice deprivation
 Deprived (scores in deciles 1–5)1043
 Not deprived (scores in deciles 6–10)1357