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CTSonline allows you to obtain customized tables with estimates from the CTS Physician Survey. Here are the basic instructions for using CTSonline, plus an example.

Instructions

1. Construct your table.  Indicate what you would like in your table by using the tabs across the top of the page to make these selections:

Topic (required)
Years
Physician types
– whether to disaggregate for PCPs and specialists
Other options – whether to disaggregate results by a variety of factors, such as
                          physician age and gender

You can make your selections in any order, and you can also go back to modify your selections at any time. You need to select which topic you want, but the three other selections are optional because there are defaults that have been pre-specified.

2. See your table. To create your table, click on the tab "Display Table."

3. Save or modify your table, or start again. Once your CTSonline table appears:

Save. You can save your table by clicking on the link to the downloadable version of the table on the "Display Table" page. From there, you will see a short list of instructions for saving your table.
Modify.
You can modify your table by clicking on the tab for the selection that you would like to change, making your changes, and then clicking on the "Display Table" tab again.
Clear.
You can start a new table request by clicking on the button "Clear Selections" that appears on the "Display Table" page and then making new selections.

Example

If you make these selections:

Topic = Competition for patients
Year
= 2000-01
Physician types
= See results for PCPs and specialists separately and combined.
Other options
= See results by level of HMO penetration.

Then CTSonline will create this table (plus a second table containing standard errors, not shown here):

CTSonline: CTS Physician Survey Results

Year

Physician type

HMO Penetration

Competition for patients [2000-01 and 2004-05 only]
This question deals with competition among physicians, where "competition" means pressure to undertake various activities to attract and retain patients. How would you describe the competitive situation your practice faces?

Percent

Not at all competitive Somewhat competitive Very competitive Total

2000-01

PCPs

Low

33.5

51.4

15.1

100.0

Medium

37.9

44.7

17.4

100.0

High

40.6

40.1

19.3

100.0

All

37.4

45.4

17.2

100.0

Specialists

Low

27.5

49.7

22.8

100.0

Medium

27.1

46.8

26.2

100.0

High

29.0

40.7

30.2

100.0

All

27.6

45.5

26.9

100.0

All

Low

29.9

50.4

19.7

100.0

Medium

31.3

46.0

22.8

100.0

High

33.5

40.5

26.0

100.0

All

31.5

45.5

23.1

100

How to interpret the results: The estimates in the table represent the percentage of physicians within each row. For example, this table shows that, among PCPs in areas with low HMO penetration, 33.5 percent reported that the situation faced by their practice was not competitive.