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Table 1 Characteristics of the participating general practitioners, stratified by low and high strain due to chronic stress

From: Chronic stress, work-related daily challenges and medicolegal investigations: a cross-sectional study among German general practitioners

  All GPs
(n = 214)
GPs with low strain due to chronic stress (n = 53) GPs with high strain due to chronic stress
(n = 56)
Sex, n (%)
 Male 141 (65.9) 33 (62.3) 38 (67.9)
 Female 73 (34.1) 20 (37.7) 18 (32.1)
Age, mean ± SD (range) 51.8 ± 8.7 (27–74) 52.1 ± 9.5 (27–71) 51.2 ± 9.0 (33–65)
Physician in GP training, n (%)
 Yes 7 (3.3) 2 (3.8) 2 (3.6)
 No 207 (3.3) 51 (96.2) 54 (96.4)
Marital status, n (%)
 Single 16 (7.5) 5 (9.4) 4 (7.3)
 Married 188 (88.7) 43 (81.1) 50 (90.9)
 Divorced 8 (3.8) 5 (9.4) 1 (1.8)
Number of persons in household, n (%)
  ≤ 3 145 (67.8) 38 (71.7) 41 (73.2)
  ≥ 4 69 (32.2) 15 (28.3) 15 (26.8)
Employment status, n (%)
 Self-employed 185 (87.3) 44 (86.3) 48 (85.7)
 Employed 27 (12.7) 7 (13.7) 8 (14.3)
Employment level, n (%)
 Full-time 190 (90.5) 45 (88.2) 52 (94.5)
 Part-time 20 (9.5) 6 (11.8) 3 (5.5)
Working hours per week, n (%)
  ≤39 h 52 (24.4) 20 (38.5) 10 (17.9)
 40–59 h 116 (54.5) 22 (42.3) 25 (44.6)
  ≥ 60 h 45 (21.1) 10 (19.2) 21 (37.5)
Practice type, n (%)
 Solo practice 53 (25.1) 17 (32.7) 16 (29.1)
 Group practice 158 (74.9) 35 (67.3) 39 (70.9)
Work experience, mean ± SD (range)
 Years in job 23.0 ± 9.2 (1–44) 23.2 ± 10.2 (1–44) 22.8 ± 9.2 (4–37)
 Years in current practice 14.3 ± 9.4 (0–37) 15.9 ± 10.7 (0–37) 14.3 ± 9.0 (0–32)
  1. Percentages and mean values are reported for valid cases