Table 1

Characteristics of the responders1
Characteristics Responders Non-responders Population of GPs in Northern Norway
Male Female Total Total N=4762
GP GP sample
n=30 n=14 n=44 n=60
Mean age, year 45.2 44.6 45.13 50.33 45.04
Gender, % 68.2 31.8 31.7% female 36.3 % female4
Specialists in family medicine, % 50.0 50.0 50.0 40.0 46.54
Private practice, % 63.3 57.1 61.4 51.15 76.54
Mean number of GPs in practices 4.5 4.2 4.4 3.6 3.8
Solo practice6, % 10.0 14.3 11.4 8.3 11.14
Medical degree from Norway, % 70.0 71.4 70.5 46.95 62.14
Mean list size, persons 897 902 899 910 9617
Mean years with current list population (median) 8.6 8.6 8.6 (5.5)
Mean number of days per week in clinical practice 3.9 3.8 3.8
Mean (median) municipality population in the GP’s workplace 11683 26042 16257 10791 5291
(2209)
Mean travel time to nearest hospital, minutes 89 70 83 95

1Comparing the responders with non-responders and with the population of GPs in Northern Norway.

2All GP positions in Northern Norway, autumn 2008.

3 p=0.02.

4 Statistics of Physicians in Northern Norway on December 22nd 2008 based on members of Norwegian medical association below 70 years by Anders Taraldset, Chief of Statistics in the Norwegian Medical Association, Personal communication March 30th 2011.

5 Statistics of Physicians in Northern Norway on July 1st 2009 based on members of Norwegian medical association below 70 years by Anders Taraldset, Chief of Statistics in the Norwegian Medical Association, Personal communication December 19th 2012,

Private practice, %: n=47 and Medical degree from Norway, %: n=49.

6 Only one GP in the practice.

7 Norwegian Directory of Health: “Data from GP service” (Data fra allmennlegetjenesten), page 18, rapport IS-1808, October 28th 2010 http://www.helsedirektoratet.no/publikasjoner/arsrapport-2009-prosjekt-sykestuefinansiering/Publikasjoner/data%20fra%20almennlegetjenesten.pdf webcite.

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