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Table 1 Sociodemographic and job-related factors - total sample compared to all German GPs in %

From: Osteopathy in Germany: attitudes, beliefs and handling among general practitioners – results of a nationwide cross-sectional questionnaire survey

Variable All participating GPs in % (n/nvalid) All German GPs in %
Female 46.5 (160/344) 45.9
Age in years (mean ± SD) 54.8 ± 9.5, Median: 56.0 55.5
 ≤ 39 years old 6.8 (23/340) 6.3
 40-49y 20.6 (70/340) 20.4
 50-59y 39.7 (135/340) 37.2
 60-65y 19.4 (66/340) 20.1
  > 65y 13.5 (46/340) 15.9
Has a doctor’s degree or habilitation 64.3 (205/319)  
Training in Osteopathy 1.2 (4/344)  
Completed at least one additional qualification 64.5 (222/344) a
 Manual medicine/Chiropractic/Physical medicine 19.5 (67/344) 8.4
 Emergency medicine 13.7 (47/344) 8.1
 Acupuncture 12.8 (44/344) 7.3
 Psychotherapy/Psychosomatics 9.0 (31/344) 7.4
 Homeopathy 8.7 (30/344) 3.0
 Sports medicine 8,4 (29/344) 6.1
Working in own practice (versus employed) 85.7 (288/336) 79.7
Years having own practice (mean ± SD, nvalid = 286) 20 ± 10.6  
Legal structure of the practice
 Single practice 58.5 (158/270) 55.7
 Joint practice 37.8 (102/270) 39.0
 Medical care center (“MVZ”) 3.7 (10/270) 5.3
Practice environment (self-assessment)
 Big city 22.1 (73/330)  
 Small city 37.6 (124/330)  
 Countryside 40.3 (133/330)  
State where doctor is working
 States of former East Germany + Berlin 24.5 (68 + 16/343) 20.8
 States of former West Germany 75.5 (259/343) 79.2
  1. aPercentage refers to all physicians in outpatient settings, not only GPs (data not separately available)