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Table 2 Characteristics of specialists responding to the DCE (n = 3422)

From: Preferences of physicians for public and private sector work

  Mean sd N min max
Proportion female 0.28 0.45 3422 0 1
Age 50.22 9.98 3408 31 89
Proportion with Australian medical degree 0.8 0.4 3422 0 1
Proportion with dependent children 0.69 0.46 3422 0 1
Proportion living with spouse 0.89 0.31 3134 0 1
Mean job satisfaction (5 = very satisfied) 3.21 0.82 3341 1 5
Job characteristicsa:
 Annual earnings ($ before tax)b 325811 248106 2873 1000 3.33 m
 Weekly working hoursb 45.33 14.48 3422 0.8 120
 1 in 2, frequently called out 0.19 0.39 3422 0 1
 1 in 10, frequently called out 0.09 0.29 3422 0 1
 1 in 4, frequently called out 0.25 0.43 3422 0 1
 1 in 4, infrequently called out 0.47 0.5 3422 0 1
 Proportion of time spent in private sector 0.44 0.39 3422 0 1
 10% of time spent in private sector (< 30%)c 0.45 0.5 3422 0 1
 50% of time spent in private sector (30–69%)c 0.20 0.4 3422 0 1
 90% of time spent in private sector (> 70%)c 0.35 0.48 3422 0 1
 No teaching or research 0.22 0.41 3422 0 1
 Some teaching or research 0.78 0.41 3422 0 1
 Proportion of time spent on administration 0.10 0.13 3422 0 1
 5% of time spent on administration (< 7.5%)d 0.57 0.5 3422 0 1
 10% time spent on administration (7.5–12.4%)d 0.17 0.37 3422 0 1
 15% of time spent on administration (> 12.5%)d 0.26 0.44 3422 0 1
 Metro-based 0.70 0.46 3422 0 1
 Metro-based with option to visit regional communities 0.14 0.35 3422 0 1
 Large regional centree 0.16 0.37 3422 0 1
  1. aJob characteristics are those that are used to construct the levels of the status quo alternative in the DCE based on questions from the MABEL survey
  2. bFor earnings and working hours, the level of the DCE attribute was set to 0% change
  3. cFor the proportion of time spent in the private sector, respondents actual time was allocated to each attribute level in bands, so for example those with less than 30% of their time in the private sector were assigned to the 10% level in the DCE to best represent their actual level
  4. dFor time spent on administration, respondent’s actual time was assigned to each attribute level in bands, so for example respondents who spent less than 7.5% of their time ion administration were allocated to the 5% category in the DCE
  5. eThis level includes all doctors in all non-metropolitan areas: 12.16% in inner regional areas, 2.78% in outer regional areas, and 0.67% in remote areas (based on Australian Standard Geographic Classification: ASGC)