Table 1

Practice characteristics in 1998 and 2003, compared with all practices in England. Values are numbers (percentages)

Characteristic1998* (n=60)1998 (n=42)1998 (England, n=9090)2003§ (n=42)2003 (England, n=8832)
Training17 (28.3)9 (28.6)2204 (24.6)13 (30.9)2272 (25.7)
≤2 whole time equivalent GPs29 (48.3)16 (38.0)4360 (48.6)15 (35.7)4221 (47.8)
Single handed practices18 (30.0)9 (21.4)2779 (30.6)10 (23.8)2577 (29.2)
Receiving deprivation payments34 (56.7)25 (59.5)5390 (59.3)21 (50.0)4956 (50.8)
  • GP=general practitioner.

  • * Original 1998 study sample.7

  • † 1998 sample restricted to 42 practices taking part in 2003 data collection.

  • ‡ All practices in England in 1998.

  • § 2003 sample.

  • ¶ All practices in England in 2003 (General Medical Services database, 2003).