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Table 1 Characteristics of primary care doctors

From: Job satisfaction of public and private primary care physicians in Malaysia: analysis of findings from QUALICO-PC

  Public (n = 221) Private (n = 239)
Doctor characteristics
 Sex, n (%)
  Male 85 (38.5) 157 (65.7)
  Female 136 (61.5) 82 (34.3)
 Age group, n (%)
  ≤ 30 139 (62.9) 3 (1.3)
  31–40 72 (32.6) 42 (17.6)
  41–50 9 (4.1) 76 (31.8)
  51–60 1 (0.5) 59 (24.7)
  > 60 59 (24.7)
  Mean (SD) 30.7 (4.4) 51.2 (11.2)
 Born in Malaysia, n (%) 213 (96.4) 226 (94.6)
Practice characteristics
 Practice sizea, mean (SD) 60 546.7 (55 959.0) 15 153.3 (9 652.0)
 Location, n (%)
  Urban 101 (45.7) 224 (93.7)
  Rural 120 (54.3) 15 (6.3)
 Solo practice, n (%) 36 (16.3) 108 (45.2)
 Working hours per week, mean (SD) 41.0 (2.0) 37.2 (7.4)
 Hours spent per week on direct patient care, mean (SD) 37.8 (4.9) 35.5 (8.1)
 Number of patient contact per day, mean (SD)
  Face-to-face 43.1 (21.4) 39.6 (18.8)
  By telephone 1.2 (2.5) 1.6 (2.3)
 Number of on-call duties in the past 3 months, mean (SD)
  Evening (1700–2200 hours) 5.1 (7.0) 11.0 (9.1)
  Overnight (2200–0800 hours) 4.4 (7.3) 1.0 (3.9)
  Weekend 2.0 (2.7) 3.7 (2.9)
  Total 11.5 (16.3) 15.7 (11.5)
 Total on-call hours in the past 3 months, mean (SD) 106.0 (163.6) 63.0 (53.6)
 Number of out-of-office visits per week, mean (SD)
  Other primary care clinic 17.5 (37.1) 6.4 (25.2)
  Home visit 0.1 (1.1) 0.4 (1.2)
  Institutions (school, orphanage, community centre) 3.4 (16.0) 1.0 (6.0)
 Average consultation time (minutes), mean (SD) 11.2 (5.2) 12.6 (5.4)
  1. Abbreviation: SD standard deviation
  2. aEstimated practice size is based on the total number of patients visited the clinics in the previous year