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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the study population (N = 151), compared with all primary care physicians in the Negev district

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

  Study population (n = 151) Primary care physicians in the CHS* Negev district** (n = 277***) P value
  N % N %
Gender      
Male 73 48.3% 129 46.6% 0.725
Female 78 51.7% 148 53.4%
  151   277  
Age      
Mean ± SD 48.37 ± 8.95 48.5 ± 8.79 0.557
Range 32-65 31-68
  149 (mis = 2) 277  
Country of birth      
Israel 35 24.1% 67 24.2% 0.99
Other 110 75.9% 210 75.8%
  145 (mis = 6) 277  
Country of medical studies      
Israel 34 23.6% 39 14.1% 0.014
Other 110 76.4% 238 85.9%
  144 (mis = 7) 277  
Professional status      
Specialist in family medicine 86 57.0% 104 37.6% <0.0001
Resident in family medicine 25 16.6% 54 19.5%
General practitioner 22 14.6% 105 37.9%
Expert in internal medicine 14 9.3% 14 5.0%
Other 4 2.6% 0 0.0%
  151   277  
Years in practice as a physician      
1-10 15 10.4%    <0.0001
11+ 129 89.6%   
Mean ± SD 23.49 ± 9.54 10.35 ± 12.28
Range 3-43 0-38
  144 (mis = 7) 277  
Average number of patients per physician      
Mean ± SD 1476 ± 500 1340 ± 445 0.001
Range 250-3000 250-3723
  131 (mis = 20) 277  
  1. * Southern District (Negev) of Clalit Health Services-health maintenance organization.
  2. **Pediatricians were not included.
  3. *** The list of physicians was extracted from the human resources section of the HMO’s administration.