TABLE 6.

Pediatrician Report of Average Number of Topics Discussed With 75% of Patients by Individual and Practice Characteristics

0–9 months (n)10–18 months (n)19–35 months (n)
Average no. of topics discussed*6.5 (803)7.4 (797)7.5 (798)
Gender
 Male6.3 (366)P < .056.9 (362)P < .0017.0 (362)P < .01
 Female6.7 (429)7.7 (427)7.8 (428)
Age
 ≥416.5 (436)NS7.3 (433)NS7.4 (433)NS
 >416.5 (349)7.4 (346)7.5 (347)
Practice location
 Inner city6.4 (189)P < .057.0 (187)P < .0017.2 (187)P < .001
 Urban, not inner city6.2 (205)6.8 (201)6.8 (202)
 Suburban6.8 (301)7.0 (301)8.1 (301)
 Rural6.2 (97)7.4 (97)7.2 (97)
Practice type
 Solo/2 person6.6 (118)P < .017.3 (118)P < .0017.3 (118)P < .01
 Group/staff model HMO6.7 (382)7.8 (381)7.9 (381)
 Hospital/clinic/medical school6.0 (227)6.7 (224)6.7 (225)
 Other6.5 (61)7.5 (59)7.7 (59)
Patient insurance type
 <25% public insurance6.9 (303)P < .017.8 (302)P < .017.9 (302)P < .05
 25–50% public insurance6.2 (174)7.3 (172)7.2 (172)
 >50% public insurance6.3 (222)7.0 (221)7.1 (222)
Insurance type
 ≥50% managed care6.6 (541)NS7.4 (539)NS7.6 (540)NS
 <50% managed care6.4 (158)7.3 (156)7.2 (156)
Training status
 Resident6.0 (166)P < .0016.5 (166)P < .0016.7 (167)P < .001
 Postresident6.6 (629)7.6 (623)7.7 (623)
Minutes in average health supervision visit
 <18 (median)6.2 (353)P < .017.2 (352)NS7.2 (353)P < .05
 ≥186.7 (450)7.5 (445)7.7 (445)
No. of weekly HS visits for patient 0–9 mo
 <12 (median)6.4 (356)NS
 ≥126.6 (355)
No. of weekly HS visits for patients 10–18 mo
 <10 (median)6.9 (340)P < .001
 ≥107.7 (367)
No. of weekly HS visits for patients 19–35 mo
 <7 (median)7.0 (358)P < .001
 ≥77.9 (350)
  • HS indicates health supervision.

  • * Total topics discussed are from a base of 10 topics for children age 0 to 9 months, 11 topics for children age 10 to 18 months, and 12 topics for children 10 to 35 months.