Table 1:

Physician characteristics

CharacteristicNo. (%) of physicians
n = 7936
Mean roster sizep value*Proportion of virtual visitsp value*ED visits per rostered patientp value*
Overall793612590.640.28
Physician payment model0.60.1< 0.001
 FHG2458 (31.0)12650.650.26
 FHO5478 (69.0)12560.630.28
Physician gender< 0.001< 0.001< 0.001
 Female3968 (50.0)11350.680.26
 Male3968 (50.0)13820.600.29
Physician age, yr< 0.001< 0.0010.1
 25–442934 (37.0)10020.650.28
 45–643865 (48.7)13740.640.28
 65–74957 (12.1)13660.610.27
 ≥ 75180 (2.3)10930.590.28
Rurality< 0.001< 0.001< 0.001
 Urban3731 (47.0)12240.680.24
 Semiurban3499 (44.1)13180.620.29
 Rural394 (5.0)10470.440.48
 Missing RIO score312 (3.9)12780.640.27
  • Note: ED = emergency department, FHG = family health group, FHO = family health organization, RIO = Rurality Index of Ontario.

  • * For 2-group comparisons, p values are calculated from a t test; for comparisons of more than 2 groups, p values are calculated from a 1-way analysis of variance test.

  • Proportion of primary care physician visits delivered virtually, calculated by dividing the number of virtual visits by total of in-person and virtual visits.