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Table 1 Respondent physician characteristics (N = 79)

From: Physician clinical management strategies and reasoning: a cross-sectional survey using clinical vignettes of eight common medical admissions

Physician characteristics N (%)*
Age  
< 40 years 68 (86)
40 to 60 years 11 (14)
Gender  
Male 45 (57)
Female 34 (43)
Physician level of practice  
Housestaff 48 (61)
Attending 31 (39)
Current or planned clinical practice  
Primary care internal medicine 40 (51)
Internal medicine subspecialty 37 (47)
Undecided 2 (3)
Current or planned practice location  
Metropolitan 74 (94)
Suburban 7 (9)
Rural 0 (0)
Self-Reported factors influencing clinical practice  
Supportive evidence 76 (96)
Prior or local practice patterns (culture) 71 (90)
Prior experience 56 (71)
Patient demand 42 (53)
Malpractice concern 29 (37)
Hospital profit 14 (18)
Individual profit 9 (11)
Sources of information used to inform clinical practice  
Peer-reviewed journals 64 (81)
Practice guidelines 60 (76)
Prior experience 44 (56)
Other resources 36 (46)
Continuing medical education events (local and national) 9 (11)
  1. *Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.
  2. Responses not mutually exclusive.