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Table 1 Characteristics of the study populationb

From: Factors influencing professional life satisfaction among neurologists

Study Population Characteristic n %
Total study population 625 100.00
Age
 44 years or younger 160 26.02
 45 to 53 years 160 26.02
 54 to 59 years 153 24.88
 60 years or older 142 23.09
Sex
 Male 439 70.47
 Female 184 29.53
Race
 White 404 78.45
 Asian 102 19.81
 Other race 15 2.91
Ethnicity
 Hispanic or Latino 34 6.76
 Not Hispanic or Latino 469 93.24
Completed any neurology subspecialty training
 Yes 467 76.18
 No 146 23.82
Faculty member in a medical school, neurology department, or other academic department
 Yes 175 67.41
 No 362 32.59
Weeks per year providing direct patient care
 0 to 45 130 21.17
 46 to 48 222 36.16
 49 to 50 170 27.69
 51 to 52 92 14.98
Primary practice arrangement
 Solo practice 140 26.32
 Neurology group 151 28.38
 Multispecialty group 62 11.65
 University based group 94 17.67
 Othera 64 12.03
 I do not have a clinical practice 21 3.95
% of time devoted to clinical practice
 Less than 50% of my professional time 69 12.80
 50% to 75% of my professional time 107 19.85
 More than 75% of my professional time 363 67.35
% of time devoted to research/teaching
 None of my professional time 204 37.85
 Under 25% of my professional time 222 41.19
 25% or more of my professional time 113 20.96
% of time devoted to administration/other
 None of my professional time 244 45.27
 Less than 10% of my professional time 148 27.46
 10% or more of my professional time 147 27.27
Practice location
 Within a major city 316 51.38
 Suburban or moderate-sized city 221 35.93
 Small city/rural area 78 12.68
Total number of patients seen in an average week
 0 to 34 146 24.70
 35 to 50 156 26.40
 51 to 75 154 26.06
 76 to 400 135 22.84
Total number of new patients seen in an average week
 0 to 8 155 26.45
 9 to 14 146 24.91
 15 to 20 171 29.18
 21 to 120 114 19.45
Plans to retire from patient care or significantly reduce patient care hours   
 Yes 62 10.08
 No 553 89.92
  1. aThe “other” category includes neurologists who responded “staff-model HMO,” “government hospital or clinic,” or “other public or private hospital or clinic setting” to the question, “Indicate in which practice arrangement you spend the majority of your clinical time.”
  2. bValues may not sum to the full study population due to missing responses