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Study Report

Study Number: QG-009-003-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1976

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: National studies of physicians from twenty-four medical and surgical specialties, 1976-1978: general surgery.  [machine-readable data file] / University of Southern California. School of Medicine. Division of Research in Medical Education  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7782

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Machine-readable.

Abstract: The original national survey of doctors' practices in twenty-four medical and surgical specialty areas was conducted from 1976 through 1978. Three data files containing detailed information on the activities and practice characteristics of the physicians surveyed were prepared for each of the specialty areas. The completed data collection includes seventy-one discrete data files and related documentation. Log-diaries, completed by a nationally-representative sample of physicians in each of the twenty-four practice specialty areas produced detailed information about each physician's medical or surgical practice, each patient the physician saw in person during the week in which the questionnaire was filled out, and each encounter the physician had over the telephone with patients during the same period. The three data files produced from the completed log-diaries are the Physician Summary File, the Patient Encounter File, and the Telephone Encounter File. The data and codebooks will be available on microfiche cards with four fiche cards per specialty, enabling users to request one or all of the 24 specialties. The number of data records contained in each file are listed for the 24 individual specialties. The specialty name will be followed by three numbers representing, respectively, the physician summary file the patient encounter file, and the telephone encounter file: Allergy (AXX) 293, 11,682 2,757--Cardiology (CDX) 359 10,235 2,676--Dermatology (DXX) 424 22,811 2,080--Emergency medicine (EMX) 273 10,159 (because of the nature of the practice of Emergency Medicine, there is no Telephone Encounter File for this specialty) --Endocrinology (END) 326 8,806 3,244--Family practice (FPX) 683 34,125 7,071 --Gastroenterology (GEX) 338 8,834 2,447--General practice (GPX) 469 22,806 4,761--General surgery (GSX) 462 12,194 2,001--Hematology (HEM) 334 10,339 2,491--Infectious diseases (IDX) 164 3,247 683--Internal medicine (IMX) 891 35,126 10,295--Nephrology (NEP) 316 11,397 1,874--Neurological surgery (NSX) 426 14,712 2,513--Neurology (NXX) 280 5,854 1,694--Obstetrics/Gynecology (OBG) 883 35,614 9,209--Oncology (ONC/ONX) 253 9,803 2,136--Opthalmology (OPH) 389 11,841 1,307--Orthopaedic surgery (ORS) 479 15,961 1,973--Otorhinolaryngology (OTO) 355 13,990 1,925--Pediatrics (PDX) 733 30,529 10,911--Psychiatry (PXX) 697 12,045 4,237--Pulmonary diseases (PUD) 275 7,002 1,592--Rheumatology (RHU) 312 10,722 2,736. The logical record lengths of the three files are respectively: 10,500 960 291. The potential number of variables are respectively: 1,500 315 75.

SUBJECT TERMS: demographic characteristics. health. job history. occupations. physicians. public health. working conditions. United States.

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