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QuickStats: Rate of Visits* to Office-Based Physicians, By Patient Age and Sex — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2015


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* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars. Visit rates are based on the July 1, 2015, set of estimates of the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States as developed by the Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau.

Based on a sample of visits to nonfederally employed office-based physicians who are primarily engaged in direct patient care. Physicians in the specialties of anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology were excluded from the survey.

In 2015, the visit rate to office-based physicians was 313 visits per 100 persons. The rate was higher for females (362 per 100) compared with males (262 per 100). For patients in age groups between 15 years and 64 years, the rate for females was higher than the rate for males; for those aged ≥65 years no difference by sex was found. Rates increased with age after the age of 15 years for males and females.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2015. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ahcd/ahcd_questionnaires.htm.


Reported by: Jill J. Ashman, PhD, JAshman@cdc.gov, 301-458-4439; Pinyao Rui, MPH.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Rate of Visits to Office-Based Physicians, By Patient Age and Sex — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:1060. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6639a6.

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