Table 1.

Description of the models: A) Practice profiles and B) physician profiles.

CHC, N = 35FFS AND FHG, N = 35FHN, N = 35HSO, N = 32
Solo practices, %0263738
Practice size > 4 FPs, %1714403
Mean no. of full-time equivalent
  • FPs3.
  • Nurse practitioners2.
  • Nurses*
Practices with nurse practitioners, %1008.631.418.8
No. of patients per FP, in 1000s1.
Mean booking time for routine visit, min25131414
  • Hospital within 10 km, %71859484
  • Rurality index14.212.616.28.0
  • Mean length of practice operation, y18.316.424.426.7
Information technology, %
  • Using electronic patient records29145744
  • Using electronic reminder systems26144628
CHC, N = 182FFS AND FHG, N = 58FHN, N = 81HSO, N = 42
Mean no. of years since graduation19222329
Female providers, %58454126
Foreign-trained providers, %917314
Providers with CFPC designation, %79857868
  • CFPC—Certification in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, CHC—community health centre, FFS—fee for service, FHG— family health group, FHN—family health network, HSO—health service organization.

  • * Includes registered practical nurses, nurses, and nursing assistants.

  • The rurality index is an empirical measure of rurality developed for planning purposes. It measures rurality on a scale of 0 (least rural) to 100 (most rural) by taking geographic and health service factors into account.