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Table 1 Comparison of general practitioner (GP) characteristics for the sample and the population of Australian general practitioners in 2001.

From: The contribution of demographic and morbidity factors to self-reported visit frequency of patients: a cross-sectional study of general practice patients in Australia

  GP sample Australian population of GPs(a)
N 379 17,534
Male 61.4% 67.5%
Age group   
<35 years 8.2% 12.1%
35–44 29.3% 27.1%
45–54 36.7% 32.0%
55 + 25.9% 28.8%
Urban/Metropolitan practice 76.0% 72.6%
Solo practice 16.1% Not available
5 plus GPs in practice 45.2% Not available
  1. (a) defined as practitioners who claimed the equivalent of 1,500 general practice (A1) Medicare items of service in 2001 (Medicare Benefits Schedule unpublished data, Australian Department of Health and Ageing)
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