|Characteristics of the responders1|
|Characteristics||Responders||Non-responders||Population of GPs in Northern Norway|
|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|
|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.
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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