Table 1

Characteristics of the reporting physicians in 2015

Physicians’ gender
 Male
 Female
128 (71.1%)
52 (28.9%)
Physicians’ age class (years)
 <40
 40–49
 50–59
 60 and over
12 (6.7%) 
44 (24.4%)
66 (36.7%)
58 (32.2%)
Specialty
 GP
 PED
148 (82.2%)
32 (17.8%)
Number of physicians in practice (n=144)
 1
 2
 3
 4–5
 6–9
 10 and over
69 (47.8%)
39 (27.1%)
17 (11.8%)
8 (5.6%)
7 (4.9%)
4 (2.8%)
Number of physicians per practice reporting to Sentinella (n=144)
 1
 2
 3
 8
119 (82.6%)
19 (13.2%)
5 (3.5%)
1 (0.7%)
Linguistic region
 German
 French
 Italian
122 (67.8%)
44 (24.4%)
14 (7.8%)
Urbanity of the practice
 Urban
 Agglomeration
 Rural
93 (51.7%)
60 (33.3%)
27 (15.0%)
Workload per week (hours)
 <15
 15–30
 >30
9 (5.0%)
36 (20.0%)
135 (75.0%)
Drug distribution system
 Dispensing by physician
 Mixed system
 Dispensing by pharmacy
73 (42.2%)
19 (10.6%)
85 (47.2%)
Electronic documentation
 Yes
 No
89 (49.4%)
91 (50.6%)
Electronic interaction control
 Yes
 No
65 (36.1%)
115 (63.9%)
Electronic prescription
 Yes, with thesaurus
 Yes, but without thesaurus
 None
62 (34.4%)
24 (13.3%)
94 (52.2%)
Certification of the practice
 Yes
 None
46 (25.6%)
134 (74.4%)
Staff meetings
 Yes, at least monthly
 Yes, but less frequently
 None
69 (38.3%)
70 (38.9%)
41 (22.8%)
Quality circle participation
 Yes, at least monthly
 Yes, but less frequently
 None
134 (74.4%)
23 (12.8%)
23 (12.8%)