Table 1

Characteristics of Norwegian optometrists
Members of NOFa
All members (n=1028) Non-participants (n=954) Participants (n=74)
Gender n, (%)
 Male 472 (46) 441 (46) 31 (42)
 Female 556 (54) 513 (54) 43 (58)
Practice by national health region n, (%)
 East 338 (33) 317 (33) 21 (28)
 South 293 (29) 276 (29) 20 (27)
 West 176 (17) 165 (17) 11 (15)
 Middle 135 (13) 119 (12) 16 (22)
 North 83 (8) 77 (8) 6 (8)
Higher education n, (%)
 Master of science in clinical optometry b,* 200 (20) 178 (19) 22 (30)
Private optometric practice n, (%) ‡ 870 (88) 796 (87) 74 (100)

Information as registered by the Norwegian Association of Optometry (NOF) and reported by the participating optometrists.

a Members of the NOA February 2011.

b Missing data for 37 optometrists.

Pearson Chi-square P*< 0.05 between participants and non-participants.

Sundling et al.

Sundling et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:17   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-17

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