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Table 1 Characteristics of subjects who have received care from the same physician for ≤ 1 year, >1 to 2 years, >2 to 5 years, and more than 5 years: Statistical comparisons to group with more than 5 years of continuity

From: Length of patient-physician relationship and patients' satisfaction and preventive service use in the rural south: a cross-sectional telephone study

Patient Characteristics %≤ 1 yr
(0–12 mo)
N = 319
% 1–2 yrs
(13–24 mo)
N = 369
% 3–5 yrs
(25–60 mo)
N = 669
%>5 yrs
(61 mos or more)
N = 1819
Age     
   18–39 35.8 38.4 36.9 33.0
   40–64 42.3 38.3 44.4 44.3
   65+ 21.9 23.2 18.7 22.7
Gender     
   Male 42.1 44.5 42.3 45.2
   Female 57.9 55.5 57.6 54.8
Race/Ethnicity **    
   White, Non Hispanic 61.5 67.5 61.6 66.9
   White, Hispanic 3.3 0.5 1.1 1.0
   Black 33.5 29.5 33.2 29.3
   Other 1.7 2.5 4.1 2.7
Insurance ***    
   Yes 68.5 72.9 77.7 77.3
   No 31.5 27.1 22.2 22.7
Education **    
   Less than high school 26.2 17.8 19.4 18.0
   High school diploma 29.3 32.7 30.1 30.4
   Trade school 7.1 8.1 8.1 8.0
   Some College or more 37.5 41.4 42.4 43.6
Income *** *** *  
   < $25,000 54.4 50.0 42.4 37.6
   ≥ $25,000 45.6 50.1 57.6 62.4
General health ***    
   Good to Excellent 66.2 72.7 73.1 76.0
   Fair to Poor 33.8 27.3 26.9 24.2
  1. *P < 0.05 difference for each group with >5 years continuity
  2. **P < 0.01 difference for each group with >5 years continuity
  3. ***P < or = 0.001 difference for each group with >5 years continuity