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TABLE 3

Clinical Practice Characteristics of Respondents Who Reported Treating DBP Patients

SpecialtyAll Physicians (N = 475), Mean (SD)DBP- and/or NDD-Trained Specialty Physicians (N = 359), Mean (SD)Non–DBP- and/or NDD-Trained Generalist Physicians (N = 116), Mean (SD)NPs (N = 105), Mean (SD)
FTE 0.9 (0.4) 0.9 (0.3) 1.0 (0.5) 0.9 (0.5) 
Hours per wk 48.0 (15.1) 47.7 (14.8) 49.0 (16.2) 40.3 (11.4) 
Half-day sessions per wk 5.1 (2.9) 5.1 (2.8) 5.2 (3.2) 4.1 (2.8) 
New DBP visits per wk 6.2 (7.5) 6.2 (4.9) 6.2 (12.7) 4.5 (3.9) 
Return DBP visits per wk 15.5 (14.0) 14.9 (11.7) 17.3 (19.4) 17.6 (15.3) 
No. engaged in primary care N = 151 (32%) N = 77 (21%) N = 74 (64%) N = 39 (37%) 
% of time in primary carea 55.0 (38.0) 40.8 (34.8) 69.7 (35.6) 65.5 (31.8) 
No. engaged in specialty care N = 408 (86%) N = 343 (96%) N = 65 (56%) N = 86 (82%) 
% of time in specialty careb 90.8 (21.0) 93.1 (18.7) 78.7 (27.6) 85.5 (25.3) 
Time spent in new and return visits, min 
 Initial visit billable 83.8 (50.5) 91.2 (47.7) 61.1 (52.0) 68.1 (33.9) 
 Initial visit nonbillable 50.6 (47.6) 55.3 (51.0) 36.0 (31.0) 36.3 (31.0) 
 Return visit billable 39.7 (26.9) 43.0 (28.6) 29.3 (17.1) 40.0 (34.6) 
 Return visit nonbillable 22.8 (21.8) 23.8 (21.9) 19.6 (21.2) 25.4 (38.3) 
Time to new, nonurgent appointment N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) 
 Same day 22 (4.7) 9 (2.5) 13 (11.5) 10 (10) 
 >8 up to 16 wk to new appointment 100 (21.3) 87 (24.4) 13 (11.5) 15 (15) 
 >16 wk to new appointment 136 (29.0) 129 (36.2) 7 (6.2) 15 (15) 
Constraints to seeing more patients 
 Administrative duties 174 (37) 140 (39) 34 (29) 23 (22) 
 Paperwork 300 (63) 244 (68) 56 (48) 48 (46) 
 Teaching and/or research 164 (34) 141 (39) 23 (20) 20 (19) 
 Telephone consultations 108 (23) 83 (23) 25 (22) 25 (24) 
 Inadequate reimbursement 167 (35) 130 (36) 37 (32) 32 (31) 
 Clinical complexity 221 (46) 174 (48) 47 (40) 57 (54) 
 Lack of training 33 (7) 8 (2) 25 (22) 24 (23) 
 Lack of clinical support by other professionals 219 (46) 169 (47) 50 (43) 54 (51) 
 RVU or billing expectations 131 (28) 101 (28) 30 (26) 45 (43) 
 Set appointment time slots 120 (25) 85 (24) 35 (30) 46 (44) 
Plan to fully or partially retire in next 3–5 y 158 (34) 112 (32) 46 (41) 19 (19) 
SpecialtyAll Physicians (N = 475), Mean (SD)DBP- and/or NDD-Trained Specialty Physicians (N = 359), Mean (SD)Non–DBP- and/or NDD-Trained Generalist Physicians (N = 116), Mean (SD)NPs (N = 105), Mean (SD)
FTE 0.9 (0.4) 0.9 (0.3) 1.0 (0.5) 0.9 (0.5) 
Hours per wk 48.0 (15.1) 47.7 (14.8) 49.0 (16.2) 40.3 (11.4) 
Half-day sessions per wk 5.1 (2.9) 5.1 (2.8) 5.2 (3.2) 4.1 (2.8) 
New DBP visits per wk 6.2 (7.5) 6.2 (4.9) 6.2 (12.7) 4.5 (3.9) 
Return DBP visits per wk 15.5 (14.0) 14.9 (11.7) 17.3 (19.4) 17.6 (15.3) 
No. engaged in primary care N = 151 (32%) N = 77 (21%) N = 74 (64%) N = 39 (37%) 
% of time in primary carea 55.0 (38.0) 40.8 (34.8) 69.7 (35.6) 65.5 (31.8) 
No. engaged in specialty care N = 408 (86%) N = 343 (96%) N = 65 (56%) N = 86 (82%) 
% of time in specialty careb 90.8 (21.0) 93.1 (18.7) 78.7 (27.6) 85.5 (25.3) 
Time spent in new and return visits, min 
 Initial visit billable 83.8 (50.5) 91.2 (47.7) 61.1 (52.0) 68.1 (33.9) 
 Initial visit nonbillable 50.6 (47.6) 55.3 (51.0) 36.0 (31.0) 36.3 (31.0) 
 Return visit billable 39.7 (26.9) 43.0 (28.6) 29.3 (17.1) 40.0 (34.6) 
 Return visit nonbillable 22.8 (21.8) 23.8 (21.9) 19.6 (21.2) 25.4 (38.3) 
Time to new, nonurgent appointment N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) 
 Same day 22 (4.7) 9 (2.5) 13 (11.5) 10 (10) 
 >8 up to 16 wk to new appointment 100 (21.3) 87 (24.4) 13 (11.5) 15 (15) 
 >16 wk to new appointment 136 (29.0) 129 (36.2) 7 (6.2) 15 (15) 
Constraints to seeing more patients 
 Administrative duties 174 (37) 140 (39) 34 (29) 23 (22) 
 Paperwork 300 (63) 244 (68) 56 (48) 48 (46) 
 Teaching and/or research 164 (34) 141 (39) 23 (20) 20 (19) 
 Telephone consultations 108 (23) 83 (23) 25 (22) 25 (24) 
 Inadequate reimbursement 167 (35) 130 (36) 37 (32) 32 (31) 
 Clinical complexity 221 (46) 174 (48) 47 (40) 57 (54) 
 Lack of training 33 (7) 8 (2) 25 (22) 24 (23) 
 Lack of clinical support by other professionals 219 (46) 169 (47) 50 (43) 54 (51) 
 RVU or billing expectations 131 (28) 101 (28) 30 (26) 45 (43) 
 Set appointment time slots 120 (25) 85 (24) 35 (30) 46 (44) 
Plan to fully or partially retire in next 3–5 y 158 (34) 112 (32) 46 (41) 19 (19) 

Missing values are excluded from the calculation of percentages. RVU, Relative Value Unit.

a

Among those engaged in primary care.

b

Among those engaged in specialty care.

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