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Table 2 Distribution of Australian GPs' and specialists' current practice location (community size) by number of childhood years in a rural location and size of childhood rural location

From: Nature of association between rural background and practice location: A comparison of general practitioners and specialists

Childhood rural background Current Practice Location (Community Size)*
  Metropolitan Large regional Large rural Medium rural Small rural Very small rural
GPs (n)* 1716 341 318 214 274 204
0 years (70%) 61% 11% 9% 7% 7% 5%
1-5 years (7%) 58% 10% 9% 10% 7% 6%
6-10 years (6%) 44% 9% 14% 7% 14% 12%
11-18 years (17%) 39% 13% 17% 8% 13% 10%
Large/medium rural (10%) 43% 12% 18% 10% 8% 9%
Small/very small rural (13%) 43% 11% 14% 7% 15% 10%
Specialists (n)* 1434 527 288 139 26 -
0 years (73%) 62% 22% 10% 5% 1% -
1-5 years (5%) 63% 21% 12% 2% 2% -
6-10 years (5%) 55% 27% 13% 3% 2% -
11-18 years (17%) 48% 22% 19% 10% 1% -
Large/medium rural (9%) 54% 19% 19% 6% 2% -
Small/very small rural (11%) 56% 22% 15% 6% 1% -
  1. * Current practice location missing for 14 GPs and 11 specialists; Rural childhood years missing for 75 GPs and 54 specialists
  2. Doctors who grew up in a metropolitan or large regional location (GPs - 77%, specialists - 80%) are distributed near identically to those with 0 years rural background