Table 7: Average Number of Patient Contact Hours Per Week by Family Physicians by Task (as of April 2011)

Average Number of Patient Contact Hours Per Week by Family Physicians by Task (as of April 2011)

 Direct, Face-to-face Patient ContactConsultation with Family or Other PhysiciansOther Patient Care Tasks
(Not Face-to-face)
Prior Authorization for ImagingPrior Authorization for Formulary ComplianceAdministrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included AboveValid N
All RespondentsDirect, Face-to-face Patient Contact: 34Consultation with Family or Other Physicians: 2Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face): 7Prior Authorization for Imaging: 1Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance: 1Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above: 5Valid N: 637
 Direct, Face-to-face Patient Contact:  Consultation with Family or Other Physicians:  Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face):  Prior Authorization for Imaging:  Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance:  Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above:  Valid N:  
Practice Location
Metropolitan AreaDirect, Face-to-face Patient Contact: 34Consultation with Family or Other Physicians: 2Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face): 7Prior Authorization for Imaging: 1Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance: 1Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above: 5Valid N: 461
Non-Metropolitan AreaDirect, Face-to-face Patient Contact: 36Consultation with Family or Other Physicians: 2Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face): 7Prior Authorization for Imaging: 1Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance: 1Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above: 3Valid N: 133
 Direct, Face-to-face Patient Contact:  Consultation with Family or Other Physicians:  Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face):  Prior Authorization for Imaging:  Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance:  Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above:  Valid N:  
Number of Years Since Residency Completion
7 or Fewer YearsDirect, Face-to-face Patient Contact: 34Consultation with Family or Other Physicians: 3Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face): 7Prior Authorization for Imaging: 1Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance: 2Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above: 3Valid N: 185
8 to 14 YearsDirect, Face-to-face Patient Contact: 36Consultation with Family or Other Physicians: 2Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face): 7Prior Authorization for Imaging: 2Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance: 1Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above: 6Valid N: 145
15 to 21 YearsDirect, Face-to-face Patient Contact: 34Consultation with Family or Other Physicians: 2Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face): 7Prior Authorization for Imaging: 1Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance: 1Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above: 5Valid N: 96
22 or More YearsDirect, Face-to-face Patient Contact: 33Consultation with Family or Other Physicians: 2Other Patient Care Tasks (Not Face-to-face): 7Prior Authorization for Imaging: 1Prior Authorization for Formulary Compliance: 1Administrative Tasks/Other Duties Not Included Above: 6Valid N: 207

Source: American Academy of Family Physicians, Practice Profile II Survey, April 2011