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Table 1 Routes provided for access to new prescriptions during working hours

From: Supporting patient access to medicines in community palliative care: on-line survey of health professionals’ practice, perceived effectiveness and influencing factors

Which of the following are you able to provide for patients to obtain new prescriptions during working hours? Please select all options you use:
  CNS
N (%)
CN
N (%)
GP
N (%)
PCP
N (%)
CP
N (%)
Personal home visits 349 (92) 82 (93) 484 (98) 52 (43) 49 (35)
Telephone consultations 335 (88) 78 (91) 498 (100) 134 (96) 147 (85)
Email consultations 79 (24) 8 (10) 169 (35) 32 (28) 63 (43)
GP practice appts. 168 (51) 43 (56) 496 (100) 122 (91) 44 (38)
Community pharmacy appts. 37 (12) 11 (15) 118 (29) 28 (29) 131 (73)
Referral to nurse prescriber 194 (58) 69 (78) 286 (65) 102 (78) 101 (62)
Referral to pharmacist prescriber 64 (20) 21 (26) 149 (34) 66 (65) 81 (53)
Referral to GP 375 (97) 92 (96) 351 (95) 147 (100) 185 (93)
  1. Percentages calculated as those responding yes out of those applicable (i.e., discounting NAs)
  2. NOTE: different numbers of “NA” recorded throughout so percentages have different denominators
  3. Key: CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist, CN Community Nurse, GP General Practitioner, PCP Primary Care Pharmacist, CP Community Pharmacist