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Table 3 Reasons for performance or nonperformance of minor surgical procedures and musculoskeletal injections

From: Minor surgical procedures and musculoskeletal injections by primary care physicians - an Israeli experience

  Minor surgical procedures (N* = 98) Musculoskeletal injections (N* = 70)
  n % MIS n % MIS
Main reason for performance (more than one answer possible0029)       
It’s an integral part of a family physician’s work 65 75.6% 12 55 84.6% 5
Decreased waiting time for the procedure, compared to secondary care 58 67.4% 12 3 4.6% 5
An opportunity to vary the family physician’s work, thus increasing job satisfaction 54 62.8% 12 50 76.9% 5
Increased patient confidence in the clinic’s medical staff 47 54.7% 12 42 64.6% 5
Decreased patient anxiety level because of treatment by a familiar and trusted staff 36 41.9% 12 32 49.2% 5
Procedures performed in the primary care clinic are less expensive than in secondary care 22 25.6% 12 13 20.0% 5
Other - Immediate help to the patient Not asked 5 7.1% 0
Main reasons for nonperformance (more than one answer possible)       
Lack of time 104 74.3% 11 85 65.9% 22
Lack of knowledge 57 40.7% 11 78 60.0% 21
Lack of equipment 48 34.5% 12 27 20.8% 21
Fear of complications 48 34.3% 11 52 40.0% 21
Other specialists are more qualified to perform the procedures and injections 46 32.9% 11 57 43.8% 21
Lack of remuneration 34 24.5% 12 25 19.5% 23
No personal interest 15 10.7% 11 15 11.5% 21
It’s an integral part of the family physician’s work 10 7.1% 11 12 9.2% 21
Negative experience in the past 5 3.6% 11 5 3.8% 21
Lack of experience 2 1.3%   1 0.7%  
  1. *Only by the performing physicians.