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Table 1 Practitioner characteristics

From: Pediatric training and practice of Canadian chiropractic and naturopathic doctors: a 2004–2014 comparative study

  Chiropractic Doctors (DC) Naturopathic Doctors (ND) DC vs. ND
2004 2014 2004 vs. 2014 2004 2014 2004 vs. 2014
Gender (female). n (%) 57 (35) 216 (54.0) p < .001 e 127 (79) 89 (85) p< .001 e 2004: p  < .001 b
2014: p < .001 b
Post-secondary
Education.
n (%)
BA or BS 109 (81) 359 (76.5) p = .56b 120 (87) 139 (90) p = .42b 2004: p = .23b
2014: p < .001b
MSc or PhD 9 (7) 34 (7.2) 9 (7) 5 (3)
Other 17 (13) 76 (16.2) 9 (7) 10 (7)
Age.
mean (SD)
41 (9) 44 (11.1) p < .001 c 39 (10) 38 (9) p = .62c 2004: p = .16c
2014: p < .001 c
Years in practice.
mean (SD)
13 (10) 17 (10.9) p < .001 c 8 (7) 9 (7) p > .99c 2004: p  < .001 c
2014: p < .001 c
Size of community of practice.
n (%)
Rural (<10,000) 28 (17) 50 (12.3) p = .085b 13 (7) 6 (6) p = .83b 2004: p = .15b
2014: p  = .025 b
Small town (10,000–49,999) 28 (17) 76 (18.8) 27 (17) 15 (14)
Medium-sized city (50,000–99,999) 32 (19) 50 (12.3) 33 (20) 22 (20)
Suburban outside a metro area 13 (8) 51 (12.6) 18 (11) 9 (8)
Metropolitan area (>100,000) 70 (41) 178 (44) 78 (48) 56 (52)
Hours of practice per week.
mean (SD) / range
29 (9)
1–50
28 (11)
1–65
p = .98c 24 (10)
1–50
18 (13)
1–44
p < .001 c 2004: p  < .001 c
2014: p < .001 c
Patients seen per week.
mean (SD) / range
131 (81)
1–550
101 (82)
1–600
p < .001 c 23 (18)
1–120
18 (24)
1–60
p = .05 c d
Sees pediatric patients. n (%)   146 (89.2) 366 (78.4) p < .001 a 125 (89) 83 (60) p < .001 a 2004: p = .94a
2014: p< .001 a
2014 only Sees pediatric patients yes (n = 366) no (n = 101)   yes (n = 83) no (n = 53)   
Hours of practice per week. Mean (SD) 29.2 (12.1) 24.6 (13.2) p = .002 c 21.9 (11.8) 15.6 (20.4) p = .046 c p < .001 e
Patients seen per week. Mean (SD) 114.9 (82.1) 51.9 (48.1) p < .001 c 14.6 (25.5) 23.1 (26.5) p = .06 c d
  1. a: z-score. b: chi-squared tests. c: t-tests. d: not examined given difference in DC–ND clinical visit time. e: ANOVA. Bold items are statistically significant