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Table 2 Physician, patient, and visit characteristicsa

From: Patient-physician discussions about costs: definitions and impact on cost conversation incidence estimates

Characteristics Breast cancer Depression Rheumatoid arthritis
Patients (N) 677 422 656
Age, years (%)    
 19–34 1 23 5
 35–54 28 44 29
 55–74 54 33 53
 75+ 17 1 13
Gender, female (%) 99 66 78
Race (%)    
 Caucasian 71 83 75
 African– American 19 7 11
 Hispanic 6 5 9
 Other 4 4 5
Insurance status (%)    
 Private 49 49 54
 Public 51 43 41
 Uninsured 0 8 4
Physicians (N) 56 36 26
Visits recorded, median (N), (IQR) 9 (5–19) 13 (4–17) 28 (5–41)
Gender, male (%) 89 100 81
Years in practice (%)    
 0–10 37 16 11
 11–20 44 34 58
 21–30 15 44 14
 31+ 4 6 16
Visit dates Jun 2010 – Aug 2013 May 2010– Jan 2014 Mar 2012 – Feb 2014
Visit Locations by US regionb (N)    
 East North Central 98 105 47
 East South Central 23 21 69
 Middle Atlantic 56 85 100
 Mountain 80 22 0
 New England 41 39 20
 Pacific 74 18 177
 South Atlantic 222 41 50
 West North Central 23 55 102
 West South Central 60 36 91
  1. aValues are percentages of total non–missing observations unless otherwise indicated. Less than 1 % of observations are missing. Percentage totals do not all sum to 100 due to rounding
  2. bList of states comprising each United States geographic region is provided in the Additional file 1: Table S1. Abbreviation: IQR indicates inter–quartile range