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Table 2 Attitudes regarding clinical care of IMG and USMG family physicians

From: International medical graduates in family medicine in the United States of America: an exploration of professional characteristics and attitudes

  USMGs N = 2360 n (%)* IMGs N = 366 n(%)* p value**
"I have adequate time to spend with my patients during typical office/patient visits." (n = 2664)
Disagree 813 (34) 102 (27) 0.0041
Agree 1492 (66) 257 (73)  
"It is possible to maintain the kind of continuing relationships with patients over time that promote the delivery of high quality care." (n = 2651)
Disagree 559 (22) 63 (17) 0.0096
Agree 1738 (78) 291 (83)  
"It is possible to provide high-quality care to all my patients." (n = 2679)
Disagree 442 (19) 73 (18) 0.4626
Agree 1875 (81) 289 (82)  
"I have the freedom to make clinical decisions that meet my patients' needs." (n = 2685)
Disagree 332 (14) 61 (17) 0.1677
Agree 1991 (86) 301 (83)  
"The level of communication I have with specialists about the patients I refer to them is sufficient to ensure the delivery of a high quality of care." (n = 2679)
Disagree 276 (11) 46 (12) 0.5777
Agree 2045 (89) 312 (88)  
"I can make clinical decisions in the best interests of my patients without the possibility of reducing my income." (n = 2601)
Disagree 447 (19) 74 (21) 0.5571
Agree 1800 (81) 280 (79)  
Overall career satisfaction (n = 2678)
Dissatisfied 382 (16) 79 (20) 0.0190
Satisfied 1978 (84) 287 (80)  
  1. *Unweighted number of survey respondents and weighted percentage of family physicians. Numbers vary because not all survey items were answered by each physician.
  2. ** T-Test
  3. USMG = United States Medical Graduate, IMG = International Medical Graduate