1999 American Urological Association Gallup Survey: Changes in physician practice patterns, treatment of incontinence and bladder cancer, and impact of managed care

Michael P. O'Leary, William F. Gee, H. Logan Holtgrewe, Michael L. Blute, Thomas P. Cooper, Brian J. Miles, Roger E. Nellans, Raju Thomas, M. Ray Painter, James J. Meyer, Michael J. Naslund, E. Ann Gormley, Richard Blizzard, Randolph B. Fenninger

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Abstract

Purpose: The Health Policy Survey and Research Committee of the American Urological Association and the Gallup Organization have performed a yearly survey of American urologists since 1992 to assess practice patterns. The results of the 1999 survey are presented. Materials and Methods: A random sample of 503 urologists was interviewed in February and March 1999. Major content areas were physician practice patterns, the impact of managed care, and the treatment of pediatric patients, prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia, female incontinence and bladder cancer. Results: The average urologist is 46.8 years old, certified by the American Board of Urology, sees 78 patients and performs 3.1 major surgical procedures weekly, refers moderate and complex pediatric procedures to specialists, and receives 40.6% of practice income from managed care. Conclusions: In an era when large group practices seem to be the norm remarkably 32% of urologists remain in solo practice. There has been a shift in where urologists spend their time, that is more in the office and less in the operating room. Minor and major open surgical procedures increased from 12.4 weekly to 16.4 and 2.9 to 3.1 in 1995 and 1999, respectively. Most urologists are comfortable treating straightforward pediatric problems such as cryptorchidism but refer more complex problems to pediatric urologists. Managed care represents an ever increasing proportion of urologist practice income, while office expenses continue to increase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1311-1316
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume164
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Bladder neoplasms
  • Managed care programs
  • Physician's practice patterns
  • Practice guidelines
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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