Rural and Urban Variation in Family Physicians' Demographics and Practices

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September 2020
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April 2022

A growing body of evidence suggests that racial and ethnic similarities between physicians and their patients improves patient outcomes by increasing access to care for underserved populations. However, there is relatively little research on the racial and ethnic makeup of family physicians by urbanicity. This project explored the racial and ethnic distribution of family physicians in rural and urban areas nationwide, along with the personal demographics of their patients. This project used 2013-2020 American Board of Family Medicine data collected from family physicians.