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Table 1 Characteristics of the Family Physicians (FPs) and their practices

From: A pilot study examining Toronto-area family physician perspectives on thyroid neoplasm evaluation

Variable Percentage (number)
(N = 58)
Location of practice Brampton – 41.4% (24)
Markham – 58.6% (34)
Female gender 55.2% (32)
Years practicing Family Medicine Less than 5 years – 20.7% (12)
5 to 10 years - 20.0% (11)
11 to 19 years – 19.0% (12)
More than 20 years – 39.7% (23)
University affiliation 32.8% (19)
Most common ethnic background of patients Caucasian – 22.4% (13)
Asian – 39.7% (23)
Hispanic – 0% (0)
Black – 0% (0)
Mixed (no predominance) – 36.2% (21)
Other (“African”) – 1.7% (1)
Number of patients with thyroid nodules or thyroid cancer seen in a typical month 0 to 1–53.4% (31)
2 to 5–39.7% (23)
6 to 10–1.7% (1)
11 to 20–3.4% (2)
21 to 50–1.7% (1)
More than 50–0% (0)
Services that are easy to access in the vicinity of FP practice Thyroid ultrasound – 100% (55)
Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of the thyroid – 79.3% (46)
Endocrinology consultation – 84.5% (49)
Thyroid surgeon – 58.6% (34)
Order or perform biopsies of the thyroid 39.7% (23)
Follow some thyroid cancer survivors in FP practice (without concurrent specialist involvement) 32.8% (19)