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October 1979

A Study of the Practice of Otorhinolaryngology in the United States: Initial Findings

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(10):610-620. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790220044011
Abstract

• Results of a national survey of nonfederal otorhinolaryngologists regarding their practices provide the following portrait of the typical physician who specializes in otorhinolaryngology: male, between 35 and 45 years old, engaged in solo practice in a metropolitan area in the southern part of the country. He works a 46-hour week, devoting most of his time to patient care. During a typical week, he sees 113 patients, mostly outside the hospital. Half of his patients are male; although their average age is 35, one fourth of his patients are under 15 years. Every third patient is new to him; every other patient has been referred. He spends almost 15 minutes with each patient, many of whom he is seeing on a continuous basis for a problem involving the ear. He prescribes medications in roughly half of all encounters; every tenth patient requires surgery. He rates the majority of the problems he encounters as chronic, and of minor to moderate severity and urgency—for which he provides services of limited complexity or less. He seldom refers his patients.

(Arch Otolaryngol 105:610-620, 1979)

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