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Table 1 Profiles of participants

From: Facilitators and barriers of managing patients with multiple chronic conditions in the community: a qualitative study

Physicians
 Number of physicians (n = 10)
Gender
 Female6 (60%)
 Male4 (40%)
Years of working in the polyclinic
  < 1–5 years4 (40%)
 6–10 years1 (10%)
  > 10 years5 (50%)
Care model involved
 Teamlet (Part of a regular team comprising Family Physicians, Care Manager and Care Coordinator to manage patients with chronic conditions)3 (30%)
 Non-Teamlet model (Manages patients of all profiles, both chronic & acute patients)5 (50%)
Teamlet & Non-Teamlet model2 (20%)
Patients
(14 interviews were conducted with patients, and 2 interviews were conducted with patients’ caregivers)
 Number of patients (n = 16)
Gender
 Female9 (56%)
 Male7 (44%)
Race
 Chinese15 (94%)
 Malay1 (6%)
Age
 56–60 years old2 (13%)
 61–65 years old3 (19%)
 66–70 years old8 (50%)
  > 70 years old3 (19%)
Education level
 No formal education1 (6%)
 Primary school5 (31%)
 Secondary school8 (50%)
 Polytechnic2 (13%)
Employment status
 Retired and/or not looking for job10 (63%)
 Working part time3 (19%)
 Employed with full time job3 (19%)
Living Situation
 Staying alone2 (13%)
 Staying with family member(s)14 (88%)
Number of chronic conditions
 25 (31%)
 39 (56%)
  > 32 (13%)
Years of managing chronic conditions in the polyclinic
 1/2–2 years4 (25%)
 3–4 years2 (13%)
 5 or more years7 (44%)
 Unable to recall the exact duration3 (19%)