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Table 1 Descriptive Statistics of Study Population

From: How patient-physician encounters in critical medical situations affect trust: results of a national survey

Variable Physician Trust Population*(n = 1045) Medical profession Trust Population** (n = 475)
Physician trust [10–50] 40.7 (6.1) 40.6 (6.1)
Profession trust [11–55]    33.5 (6.9)
Satisfaction with health care [12–60] 41.9 (7.6) 41.0 (7.3)
Age [21–40 years] 34.1% 34.4%
Age [41–64 years] 36.4% 41.2%
Age [65 years and above] 29.5% 24.4%
Male gender 33% 33%
Latin origin 4% 5%
Non white 24% 17%
Low income (< $20,000/year) 17% 18%
Poor physical health 13% 14%
Adequate choice of physician 74% --
Changed physicians 49% 48%
Physician primary health decision maker [1–10] 5.3 (1.2) 5.3 (1.2)
Always better to seek medical help 44% 53%
Foreign physician 9% --
Long waiting time with physician 16% --
Patients who had also accessed a non-primary care physician 33% 32%
Outside interactions with physician 31% --
Number of visits to physician [1–4] 2.6 (1.2) --
Encounter variables Yes No Yes No
Major Surgery 10% (105/1045) 90% 10% (48/475) 90%
Minor surgery 18% (188/1045) 72% 16% (76/475) 84%
Prescribed medication that you thought might have serious side effect 15% (156/1045) 85% 16% (76/475) 84%
Overnight hospitalization 21% (220/1045) 79% 21% (99/475) 79%
Evaluated for possible or actual cancer 41% (428/1045) 59% 42% (199/475) 58%
Evaluated for another condition that you thought might be serious 40% (418/1045) 60% 43% (204/475) 57%
Referred to another doctor 57% (596/1045) 43% 57% (270/475) 43%
  1. Note: Standard deviations () and ranges [] wherever applicable are indicated in parentheses and brackets.
  2. Number of lifetime visits to the physician was categorized as follows: value of 1 denotes 2–5 visits, 2 denotes 6–10 visits, 3 denotes 11–20 visits, 4 denotes more than 21 visits.
  3. * This column presents distribution of characteristics among persons who responded to items on physician trust.
  4. ** This column presents distribution of characteristics among persons who responded to items on general medical profession trust.