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Table 1 Characteristics of survey respondents (n = 267)

From: Primary care physicians' perspectives towards managing rheumatoid arthritis: room for improvement

  Number (percentage)
Female gendera 86 (32%)
Years practicing medicine  
   0-1 4 (1%)
   2-5 43 (16%)
   6-10 50 (19%)
   11-15 40 (15%)
   16+ 130 (49%)
Region of practice  
   West 125 (47%)
   Midwest 41 (15%)
   Northeast 14 (5%)
   South 86 (32%)
RA patients seen in last year  
   0-5 77 (29%)
   6-10 91 (34%)
   11+ 99 (37%)
Confidence in ability to diagnose RA  
   Very confident 83 (31%)
   Somewhat confident 161 (61%)
   Less than confident 19 (7%)
   No confidence 3 (1%)
Additional RA education beyond medical school  
   Yes 156 (59%)
Source of training regarding RA  
   Residency 100 (37%)
   Fellowship 4 (2%)
   Grand rounds 59 (22%)
   Online continuing medical education 54 (20%)
   Other continuing medical education 59 (22%)
   Journals or textbooks or both 104 (39%)
   Other conferences 48 (18%)
   Other 3 (1%)
  1. aSix missing. RA, rheumatoid arthritis.