Demographic Variations in Patient Populations and Regional Distributions Between Male and Female Ophthalmologists in the United States: Cross-Sectional Analysis

Meghana Kalavar, Arjun Watane, Kara M. Cavuoto, Elizabeth a. Vanner, Jayanth Sridhar

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Abstract

Purpose: To determine if patient demographics differ by ophthalmologist gender. Methods: Demographic data on U.S. ophthalmologists were collected from the 2017 Medicare Physician and Other Supplier National Provider Identifier Aggregate Report. Results: Of the 17,230 ophthalmologists included, female ophthalmologists (23.7%) provided care for a smaller proportion of White patients (77.4% ± 24.9% female, 81.0% ± 22.1% male; p < .001), had younger beneficiaries (73.8 ± 3.2 years old females, 74.8 ± 2.9 years old males; p < .001) and had a higher proportion of female beneficiaries per provider (61.1% ± 4.6% females, 59.6% ± 4.0% males; p < .001). Average age of beneficiaries and number of beneficiaries were correlated with years since medical school (rho = 0.283, rho = 0.148; both p < .001). The number of Medicare beneficiaries, proportion of female beneficiaries, years since medical school and group practice size were independently associated with physician gender (p < .001). Conclusion: Female ophthalmologists saw a larger proportion of ethnically diverse, younger, female patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSeminars in Ophthalmology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • gender disparities
  • geography
  • Medicare
  • practice size
  • racial disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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