Table 1

Characteristics of family physicians who regularly provided care to residents in LTC homes compared with all other family physicians in Ontario in 2005

CHARACTERISTICSMRPs IN LTC HOMES (N = 1190)REMAINING FPs (n = 9127)PVALUE
Demographic characteristics
  • Age, y
   -Mean (SD)52.4 (10.5)48.2 (1.9)< .001
   -Median (IQR)52 (45–59)47 (39–56)< .001
  • Male sex, n (%)980 (82.4)5598 (61.3)< .001
  • Community size by no. of individuals, n (%)
   -< 9000290 (24.4)750 (8.2)< .001
   -9000–99 999177 (14.9)811 (8.9)
   -100 000–499 999267 (22.4)1986 (21.8)
   -500 000–1 249 999149 (12.5)1367 (15.0)
   -≥ 1 250 000304 (25.5)4055 (44.4)
  • Canadian medical graduate, n (%)968 (81.3)6943 (76.0)< .001
Practice patterns
  • Total visits
   -Mean (SD)7983.8 (4128.9)5092.1 (3906.5)< .001
   -Median (IQR)7366 (5227–10 253)4474 (2166–7348)< .001
  • Percentage of practice made up of LTC home visits
   -Mean (SD)23.1 (24.0)0.7 (5.7)< .001
   -Median (IQR)15.4 (3.6–35.3)0 (0–0)< .001
  • Percentage of practice made up of office visits
   -Mean (SD)67.1 (23.4)87.1 (26.5)< .001
   -Median (IQR)72.4 (55.3–84.7)99.8 (90.6–100)< .001
  • Percentage of practice made up of emergency department visits
   -Mean (SD)2.9 (7.8)6.5 (21.1)< .001
   -Median (IQR)0 (0–0)0 (0–0)< .001
  • Percentage of practice made up of home visits
   -Mean (SD)0.4 (1.2)0.4 (4.0).982
   -Median (IQR)0.1 (0–0.4)0 (0–0)< .001
  • Percentage of practice made up of hospital visits
   -Mean (SD)6.3 (9.0)5.2 (15.3).009
   -Median (IQR)3.2 (0–10.3)0 (0–2.2)< .001
  • Number of obstetric deliveries
   -Mean (SD)2.8 (11.0)2.4 (12.2).313
   -Median (IQR)0 (0–0)0 (0–0)< .001
   -At least 1 obstetric delivery, n (%)135 (11.3)691 (7.6)< .001
  • Anesthesia payment, $
   -Mean (SD)1527.0 (11 006.7)2261.8 (26 169.0).338
   -Median (IQR)0 (0–0)0 (0–0).068
   -Any anesthesia payment, n (%)100 (8.4)636 (7.0)< .001
  • IQR—interquartile range, LTC—long-term care, MRP—most responsible physician.