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Table 4 Means, Standard Deviations and scores on the factors which may impact on after hours PC services(Mean scores)

From: GP and nurses' perceptions of how after hours care for people receiving palliative care at home could be improved: a mixed methods study

  GPs Nurses  
Question N M SD N M SD tscore
Poor communication between GPs & nurses 112 1.73 .92 52 1.71 .83 .14
High cost of locum services 104 2.66 1.36 49 2.41 1.44 1.06
Patients unwilling to call after hours services 112 2.53 1.07 51 2.43 1.10 .53
Nurses unsafe at night 111 2.81 1.09 52 2.33 1.00 2.70*
Limited mobile phone coverage 111 2.84 1.15 52 2.56 1.20 1.43
Limited access to emergency medication 112 2.24 .92 52 1.88 .88 2.34**
Limited availability of GPs after hours 112 2.09 1.13 51 1.61 .94 2.66*
Limited availability of PC nurses after hours 112 2.08 1.14 51 1.82 .93 1.41
No access to interpreters after hours 110 2.98 1.43 49 2.63 1.37 1.44
  1. *p < 0.01; ** p < 0.05