Table 1

Provision of primary care by specialists, according to specialty (n=2879)

Specialist’s fieldPercent of office visits identified by the specialist as a visit to the PCP* (SE)
Cardiology10.0 (3.3)
Psychiatry8.0 (5.3)
Otolaryngology5.6 (4.5)
General surgery2.6 (1.3)
Ophthalmology2.0 (1.0)
Orthopaedic surgery1.0 (0.5)
Other specialists8.1 (1.4)
  • Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey,15

  • *PCP is the patient’s primary care provider as indicated by a positive response to the question, ‘Are you the patient's primary care physician/provider?’.