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Table 3 Selected physician characteristics

From: A patient and physician survey of fibromyalgia across Latin America and Europe

  Europe Latin America
PCP Specialist PCP Specialist
N = 609 N = 611 N = 306 N = 298
Years in practice 21.2* 19.7 16.5 18.4*
 1–10 years 103 (16.9%) 136 (22.3%) 123 (40.2%) 90 (30.2%)
 11–30 years 434 (71.3%) 384 (62.8%) 155 (50.7%) 161 (54.0%)
 ≥31 years 71† (11.7%) 91 (14.9%) 28 (9.2%) 43† (14.4%)
How many patients do you see per month 473.1* 250.3 271.5* 191.8
 ≤100 60 (9.9%) 171 (28.0%) 77 (25.2%) 121 (40.6%)
 101-300 153 (25.1%) 275 (45.0%) 144 (47.1%) 112 (37.6%)
 ≥300 392† (65.0%) 163† (26.7%) 81† (26.5%) 60† (20.1%)
Have seen FM patients in past 2 years (including currently) n = 503 n = 495 n = 253 n = 254
How many FM patients have you seen in the past 2 years (including currently) a 20.0 61.0* 53.9 145.7*
 1-20 401 (79.7%) 270 (54.5%) 169 (66.8%) 140 (55.1%)
 21-100 72 (14.3%) 150 (30.3%) 57 (22.5%) 71 (28.0%)
 ≥101 28† (5.6%) 73† (14.7%) 26† (10.3%) 42† (16.5%)
Are you aware of ACR 1990 criteria
 Yes 249 (40.9%) 341 (55.8%) 221 (72.2%) 227 (76.2%)
Does your practice use ACR 1990 criteria to diagnose FM patients
 Yes 151 (24.8%) 218 (35.7%) 165 (53.9%) 184 (61.7%)
  1. * significant difference PCP vs. specialists within region.
  2. a use base case = currently seeing/have seen FM patients in past 2 years.
  3. † remainder declined to answer.