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Table 3 HCP characteristics

From: Observational vignette study to examine patient and healthcare provider perceived impact of asthma-related exacerbations in the US

Demographic and practice characteristics HCP (N = 300)
Current role, n (%)
 Physician (MD or DO) 297 (99.0)
 Othera 3 (1.0)
Gender, female, n (%) 129 (43.0)
Provider specialtyb, n (%)
 Primary care, general internal medicine, family practice 240 (80.0)
 Pulmonology/allergy 15 (5.0)
 Otherc 51 (17.0)
Years of practice, n (%)
 ≤ 10 years 72 (24.0)
 11–20 years 92 (30.7)
 > 20 years 136 (45.3)
Main practice setting, n (%)
 Physician-owned practice 139 (46.3)
 Part of a large medical group or healthcare system 80 (26.7)
 Hospital or clinic not associated with a university (including community health clinic) 34 (11.3)
 University hospital or clinic 29 (9.7)
 Group or staff model HMO 10 (3.3)
 Otherd 8 (2.7)
Clinical characteristics and exacerbationse
Categorizes severity of exacerbations as mild, moderate, or severe, yes, n (%) 224 (74.7)
Number of patients with asthma treated in the past 12 months, mean (SD) 307.2 (679.8)
 Percent of patients with mild asthma 51.5 (21.5)
 Percent of patients with moderate asthma 34.4 (15.7)
 Percent of patients with severe asthma 14.1 (12.0)
Number of patients with asthma treated for an exacerbation in the past month, mean (SD) 17.5 (40.1)
 Percent of patients with mild exacerbations 50.2 (25.4)
 Percent of patients with moderate exacerbations 37.5 (21.9)
 Percent of patients with severe exacerbations 12.3 (14.0)
Belief statements, yes, n (%)  
 I believe that asthma exacerbations can have a varying impact on my patients’ lives, depending on the severity of the exacerbation 298 (99.3)
 I believe that asthma exacerbations have an impact on my patients’ lives 296 (98.7)
 I believe all patients with asthma are at risk of developing an exacerbation 289 (96.3)
 I believe that it is helpful to categorize asthma exacerbations by their severity (mild, moderate, severe) 276 (92.0)
 I believe my patients worry about having exacerbations 273 (91.0)
  1. aOther includes: registered nurse, physician assistant, and acupuncturist. bRespondent could select more than one response. cOther includes: pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric other, urgent care/emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, geriatrics, pathology, radiology and dermatology. dOther includes: direct primary care practice, federally-qualified rural health centers, locum tenens practice, long-term care, physician in private practice, residency clinic associated with a healthcare system, and urgent care. eExacerbation definitions by severity are provided in Additional file 2
  2. DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, HMO Health Maintenance Organization, MD Doctor of Medicine, SD standard deviation