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Table 1 Characteristics of respondents to the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life survey, 2014, compared with the Australian specialist workforce

From: Reasons why specialist doctors undertake rural outreach services: an Australian cross-sectional study

  Specialist respondents (n = 3505) Australian specialist workforce (n = 27,279)c
  n % n %
Sex
 Male 2260 65 19,681 72
 Female 1243 36 7598 28
Mean age (years)a 45   50  
Location main work
 Metropolitan 2899 83 21,808 86
 Rural 606 17 3601 14
Specialist groupb
 Internal medicine 762 22 5706 21
 Pathology 127 4 1119 4
 Surgery 380 11 4250 16
 Other specialists 1986 57 15,306 56
Mean hours worked/week 42   44  
  1. aThe number of sample respondents to age was reduced to 3441 due to 64 missing values; sex reduced to 3503 due to 2 missing values; mean hours worked reduced to 3239 due to 266 missing values and specialist group reduced to 3255 due to 250 missing values
  2. bInternal medicine: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and hepatology, general medicine, geriatric medicine, haematology, medical oncology, nephrology, respiratory and sleep medicine, rheumatology, other physician. Pathology: anatomical and general pathology. Surgery: general surgery, otolaryngology, plastic, urology, other surgery. Other specialists: diagnostic radiology, other radiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, anaesthesia, psychiatry, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, intensive care medicine, rehabilitation medicine, radiation oncology, other specialists not grouped
  3. cData on the Australian specialist workforce were obtained from the National Health Workforce Dataset (NHWDS), 2014 [36], except data on Location main place of work, which was obtained from the 2014 Australian Medical Directory dataset (n = 25,409) [24]. The NHWDS included n = 166 specialists whose specialty was general practice under “other specialists”, which is not included as a specialty in the MABEL survey. Further 898 in the NHWDS dataset were missing information about their specialist group