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Table 1 Background characteristics of the participating physicians

From: Factors Influencing the Prescribing Preferences of Physicians for Drug-Naive Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in the Real-World Setting in Japan: Insight from a Web Survey

Parameter Specialists (n = 240) Nonspecialists (n = 251)
Age (years) 47.8 ± 9.6 50.9 ± 9.7
% of time spent on patient care 89.0 ± 11.0 90.2 ± 9.9
Practice setting
 Hospital-based 188 (78.3%) 149 (59.4%)
 Office-based 52 (21.7%) 102 (40.6%)
Medical specialty
 PCP/GP 6 (2.5%) 48 (19.1%)
 Internist 25 (10.4%) 121 (48.2%)
 Diabetologist 189 (78.8%) 21 (8.4%)
 Endocrinologist 16 (6.7%) 9 (3.6%)
 Cardiologist 4 (1.7%) 52 (20.7%)
 Average number of years spent practicing 16.5 ± 8.7 21.9 ± 9.4
Region
 Hokkaido 17 (7.1%) 15 (6.0%)
 Tohoku 10 (4.2%) 16 (6.4%)
 Kanto 76 (31.7%) 89 (35.5%)
 Chubu 45 (18.8%) 38 (15.1%)
 Kinki 33 (13.8%) 43 (17.1%)
 Chugoku 13 (5.4%) 8 (3.2%)
 Shikoku 17 (7.1%) 11 (4.4%)
 Kyushu 29 (12.1%) 31 (12.4%)
Number of drug-naive T2DM patients treated in the last 6 months 35.6 ± 40.7 35.1 ± 63.1
The values presented are the mean ± standard deviation or n (%) unless otherwise specified
  1. PCP primary care physician, GP general practitioner, T2DM type 2 diabetes mellitus