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Table 2 National estimates of time spent with physician during general and family medicine patient visits.*

From: A comparison of patient visits to osteopathic and allopathic general and family medicine physicians: results from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2003–2004

  Time† (min)  
Patient or Visit Characteristic Mean SE P
Age, yr    
   ≤24 17.21 0.78 < .001
   25–44 20.15 0.91 .68
   45–64 20.27 0.91 .83
   ≥65 20.36 0.82
Sex    
   Female 19.50 0.84
   Male 19.50 0.82 .91
Race    
   White 19.55 0.62
   Black 19.23 0.90 .66
   Other 19.71 1.47 .90
Ethnicity    
   Non-Hispanic 19.42 0.75
   Hispanic 19.57 0.98 .80
Geographic region    
   Northeast 20.90 1.21 .21
   Midwest 18.23 0.78 .09
   South 19.26 0.97 .66
   West 19.61 0.90
Residence in MSA    
   Yes 19.16 0.81
   No 19.84 0.99 .38
Episode of care    
   Initial visit 19.36 0.93
   Follow-up visit 19.35 0.94 .99
   Unknown 19.78 0.92 .65
Major reason for visit    
   Acute problem 17.16 0.80
   Chronic problem 18.43 0.75 .01
   Preventive care 22.52 1.22 < .001
   Other/unknown 19.88 1.39 .02
Provider type    
   Allopathic physician 19.65 0.77
   Osteopathic physician 19.34 1.04 .71
  1. *Derived from the 2003 and 2004 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey using population estimates based on patient visit weights. MSA denotes metropolitan statistical area.
  2. †Time spent with physician is adjusted for the patient or visit characteristics in the table.
  3. ‡Reference category for contrasts.