Chapter 3. Characteristics of Participating Medical Offices

2012 User Comparative Database Report: Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture

Highlights

  • Database medical offices vary in number of providers and specialties.
  • Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of medical offices had fully implemented electronic medical/health records.
  • Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of medical offices were owned by a hospital or health system.

This chapter presents information about the distribution of database medical offices by number of providers, single vs. multi-specialty, specialty, implementation status of electronic tools, majority ownership, region, and number of locations.

Number of Providers

 Table 3-1 shows the distribution of medical offices and respondents by number of providers. More than two-thirds of database medical offices (69 percent) had fewer than 10 providers, but they account for less than half (42 percent) of the database respondents.

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Single vs. Multi-Specialty

 As shown in Table 3-2, more than two-thirds of medical offices were single specialty (69 percent).

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Specialty

 The 934 medical offices represent a wide range of specialties, with most categorized as Family Practice/Family Medicine (437 offices) (Table 3-3).

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 Implementation of Electronic Tools

 Most medical offices had fully implemented four of the five computer-based tools (Table 3-4). Electronic appointment scheduling was the electronic tool most fully implemented across medical offices (88 percent); electronic ordering of tests, imaging, or procedures was the least (48 percent).

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Ownership

 As shown in Table 3-5, nearly three-fourths of medical offices were owned by a hospital or health system (73 percent).

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Region

 Table 3-6 shows the distribution of database medical offices by geographic regions. The largest proportions of database medical offices are from the East Central (35 percent) and South Atlantic regions (28 percent).

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Number of Locations

 As shown in Table 3-7, more than half of medical offices had only one location (60 percent).

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Page last reviewed May 2012
Internet Citation: Chapter 3. Characteristics of Participating Medical Offices: 2012 User Comparative Database Report: Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture. May 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/medical-office/2012/mosurv12chap3.html