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Table 3. State data: Ordinary least squares (OLS) estimates—Number of physicians per 100,000 residents

Impact of State Laws Limiting Malpractice Awards on Geographic Distribution of Physicians

(1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000 data; N = 196)

Explanatory variableCoefficientStandard errort statistic
Intercept172.5625.816.65
Percent of population age 65 years or older5.181.493.47
Hospital beds per 1,000 residents-.04.02-1.58
Percent of population unemployed-6.451.77-3.65
Population in thousands of residents per square mile17.372.287.63
Personal income in thousands of dollars 1.33.373.60
Farm income as percent of State domestic product-4.971.08-4.59
State law capping damage awards in malpractice cases (1=yes, 0=no)23.906.323.78

Adjusted R2= .52.

Page last reviewed July 2003
Internet Citation: Table 3. State data: Ordinary least squares (OLS) estimates—Number of physicians per 100,000 residents: Impact of State Laws Limiting Malpractice Awards on Geographic Distribution of Physicians. July 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/tortcaps/torttab3.html