Table 2.

Comparison of how the 2003 and 2010 respondents’ office-based care was affected during serious infectious disease outbreaks: Proportion of respondents who indicated yes when asked about behaviour in office practice and precautionary measures in clinic.

STATEMENTSFPs AND GPs
2003 RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED YES, %2010 RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED YES, %
Behaviour in office practice
  • Insist every patient wear a mask14.159.0*
  • Keep a greater distance between yourself and patients27.148.6*
  • Request more blood tests or chest x-ray scans9.542.6*
  • Postpone or cancel family practice appointments60.663.9
  • Postpone or cancel surgical procedures62.649.2*
  • Prescribe more antiviral medicationsNA84.7
  • See some patients faster19.671.0*
  • Have long wait times for laboratory and investigation results (eg, computed tomographic scans)60.054.1
  • Test patient temperature as a routine procedure38.569.4*
  • Avoid physical examinations62.018.0*
  • Advise patients not to travel to affected areas50.386.3*
  • Postpone or cancel specialist appointments75.249.2*
  • Find it difficult, are you unable, to make specialty referrals63.654.6
  • Prescribe more antibioticsNA48.6
  • Perform more nasopharyngeal or throat swabsNA76.5
  • Overprescribe antibiotics62.0NA
Precautionary measures taken
  • Wash your hands between every patient encounter47.368.9*
  • Always wear a mask during consultations29.542.1*
  • Wear goggles for patient encounters15.879.8*
  • Clean work surfaces with antiseptic at least once daily45.259.6*
  • Ask all support staff to wear masks53.956.8
  • Insist that temperature be measured for all patientsNA29.0
  • Insist staff members wear gowns during patient encounters20.739.3*
  • Ask all staff to wear disposable gloves18.923.5
  • Ask all staff members to have their temperatures measured16.63.3*
  • NA—not available.

  • * P < .01.