Office visits to urologists : United States, 1989-90
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Office visits to urologists : United States, 1989-90

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      During 1989 and 1990 an average of 9,852,000 office visits were made annually to urologists in the United States. The information was collected by means of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), an ongoing probability sample survey of the private office-based, non-Federal physicians practicing in the United States. The NAMCS excludes visits made to hospital emergency or outpatient departments. The survey also excludes physicians who specialize in anesthesiology, pathology, or radiology and those physicians principally engaged in teaching, research, or administration. The survey was conducted annually from 1973 through 1981, again in 1985, and resumed as an annual survey in 1989 by the Division of Health Care Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participation in the survey is voluntary. The results published in this report are from the 1989 and 1990 NAMCS, which were conducted in identical fashion using the same survey instrument, definitions, and procedures. The two data sets were combined to obtain more reliable estimates. The estimates, including the number of visits, drug mentions, and visit rates, are annual averages, not two-year totals. The national estimates are calculated from a sample, not the entire universe of visits to urologists, and are therefore subject to sampling variability. The technical notes at the end of the report provide guidelines for judging the precision of the estimates. Definitions of key terms used in the survey are also provided. The Patient Record form used in data collection is shown in figure 1 and will be useful when reading the survey results. Of the visits made to urologists, about 87 percent were to physicians who reported they were board certified in urology, almost 11 percent were to physicians who reported no board certification, and approximately 1 percent were to physicians who reported they were board certified in surgery. Suggested citation: Woodwell DA. Office visits to urologists 1989-90, Nationai Ambularoty Medical Care Survey. Advance data from vital and health statistics; no 234. Hyattsville, Maryland: Nationai Center for Health Statistics. 1992.
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