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Table 1 Characteristics of the primary research papers included in the review

From: What evidence is there to support skill mix changes between GPs, pharmacists and practice nurses in the care of elderly people living in the community?

Study characteristics Number (n = 46) Percentage
Study design   
Randomised controlled trial 30 65.2
Before and after (no control) 7 15.2
Controlled before & after 6 13.0
Controlled clinical trial 3 6.5
Year published   
Pre-2000 7 15.2
2000 and later 39 84.8
Settings   
Primary Care 35 76.1
Pharmacy 6 13.0
Community 1 2.2
Community based care 2 4.3
Managed Care Organisation 2 4.3
Intervention area   
Urban 30 65.2
Urban and rural 8 17.4
Rural 5 10.9
Remote 1 2.2
Not clear 2 4.3
Country   
USA 23 50.0
UK 12 26.1
Netherlands 4 8.7
Australia 2 4.3
Canada 2 4.3
Other 3 6.5
Chronic Disease   
Cardiovascular conditions 12 26.1
Diabetes & related conditions 12 26.1
Not mentioned 10 21.7
2 or more chronic conditions 6 13.0
Musculo-skeletal conditions 2 4.3
Mental conditions 3 6.5
Respiratory conditions 1 2.2