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Table 2 Type of first physician contacted by the patient, reported initiation of conversation by physician and patient attitude towards initiation of conversation by physician

From: Who is the gate keeper for treatment in a fertility clinic in Germany? -baseline results of a prospective cohort study (PinK study)-

  Total Men Women p-value
n = 565 % n = 242 % n = 323 %
First medical consultation with…      < 0.001
 Gynaecologist 313 55.4 14 5.8 299 92.6  
 General Practitioner 39 6.9 29 12.0 10 3.1  
 Urologist 109 19.3 107 44.2 2 0.6  
 Other (Ref.) 8 1.4 4 1.7 4 1.2  
 No first consultation 96 17.0 88 36.4 8 2.5  
Doctor initiated conversation…     < 0.001
 Yes 100 17.7 25 10.3 75 23.2  
 No 354 62.7 121 50.0 233 72.1  
 No first consultation 96 17.0 88 36.4 8 2.5  
 Not specified 15 2.7 8 3.3 7 2.2  
Doctor should initiate conversation…    < 0.001
 Yes 265 46.9 82 33.9 183 56.7  
 No 141 25.0 69 28.5 72 22.3  
 I don’t know 159 28.1 91 37.6 68 21.2