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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of older dentists in NSW, Australia (N = 146)

From: Retirement intentions of dentists in New South Wales, Australia

Demographic variable Average (range) or
N (%)
Age   57.5 (50-75)
Sex Male 125 (85%)
  Female 18 (12%)
Marital status Never married 0 (0%)
  Married/de facto 126 (86%)
  Separated/divorced 13 (9%)
  Widowed 2 (1%)
Number of children 0 7 (5%)
  1 8 (6%)
  2 53 (36%)
  3 40 (27%)
  4 or more 32 (22%)
Age of children Youngest 22.5 (2-48)
  Oldest 28.1 (4-50)
Country of birth Australia 112 (76%)
  Other 29 (20%)
Self reported health Excellent 41 (28%)
  Very good 65 (44%)
  Good 24 (16%)
  Fair 7 (5%)
  Poor 2 (1%)
Reported health of partner Excellent 41 (28%)
  Very good 46 (31%)
  Good 33 (22%)
  Fair 8 (5%)
  Poor 1 (1%)
Work Characteristics Average or %
Practice Characteristics Generalist 77%
  Specialist 18%
  Other 5%
Employment Self employed 84%
  Salaried (public) 4.1%
  Salaried (private) 5.5%
Average hours worked General practitioners 42 hours per week
  Specialists 35 hours per week
  Combined fields 37 hours per week
Job satisfaction Very satisfied 48%
  Somewhat satisfied 34%
  Neither satisfied or dissatisfied 10%
  Somewhat dissatisfied 7%
  Very dissatisfied 1%
Location Capital city 43%
  Major urban centre (>100 000) 20%
  Regional city or large town (25 000-100 000) 13%
  Small town (10 000-24 999) 12%
  Small rural community (<10 000) 12%