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Study Report

Study Number: QG-032-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1991

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: Practice patterns of young physicians, 1991.  [machine-readable data file] / American Medical Association. Education and Research Foundation  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6145

Date Accessioned: 6/30/1995

Number of Files Received: 6

Comments: Note: To preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 6/12/1995

Documentation: 1 volume printed codebook, machine readable codebook file and SPSS command file.

Abstract: The purpose of this study, which follows up on a similar survey (PRACTICE PATTERNS OF YOUNG PHYSICIANS, 1987 [ICPSR 9277]), was to obtain information on the characteristics and practice patterns of young physicians in order to analyze trends in physicians' activities and in the supply of physicians. Topics covered by the survey questionnaire include respondents' current practice arrangements, career choices and satisfaction, perceptions of the medical profession, experiences with discrimination, evaluations of medical training, medical education financing, patient care activities, and current income. To investigate practice arrangements, respondents were queried in detail about the number and type of their current practices and how much time was spent at each one. Practice arrangements were classified by the respondents as solo or group practice, health maintenance organization (HMO), hospital, university or college, medical school, or state, local, or federal government. Respondents were also asked about the relationship of their various practices to Medicaid and Medicare patients, and the proportions of their patients who were poor, Black, Hispanic, uninsured, HIV-positive, or had severe physical disabilities, chronic mental illness, or problems with substance abuse, including alcohol abuse. Information was also obtained on the number of hours respondents spent with patients in a variety of settings such as offices, emergency rooms, outpatient clinics, and operating or delivery rooms. In addition, the survey collected information on demographic characteristics, such as marital status, race, year of birth, number and ages of children, and parents' education and incomes. There are two data files: one for allopathic physicians, and one for osteopathic physicians. For approximately half of the allopathic physicians who graduated from American medical schools, additional information is included from the Student and Applicant Information Management System database (SAIMS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The SAIMS data, which provide information gathered at the time of application to and graduation from medical school as well as information collected during the administration of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), contain dates of application to medical school, graduation dates, MCAT grades, undergraduate grade-point averages, marital status, parents' education, spouse's education, religious preference, career preference, preferred practice setting, educational debt, scholarship information, and amount of instruction and course work in different subject areas.

This study reinterviewed 3,124 physicians who participated in PRACTICE PATTERNS OF YOUNG PHYSICIANS, 1987 (ICPSR 9277). Users can link the records in this collection to the 1987 study by matching on the ''Identification Number'' in columns 6-13 of Part 1 of ICPSR 9277 and variable IDN in columns 952-959 of Part 1 of this study. (2) Medical Student Graduation Questionnaires, from which some SAIMS variables are derived, are available only in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.

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