Table 1

Demographic and contract characteristics of 1998, 2001 and 2004 survey samples.

1998a2001b2004cEngland GP populationd
n18281841103528 061
Mean age, years (SD)44.4 (8.2)44.7 (8.3)46.4 (7.7)47.3 (8.7)
Age range, years25–7228–7828–7026–71
Male (%)67.366.564.165.6
White (%)86.283.985.1
Holding salaried contract (%)06.43.22.6
  • a No salaried GPs included.

  • b Included principal, salaried and locum GPs but latter group excluded from results reported here.

  • c Included principal and salaried GPs.

  • d From the 2002 General and Personal Medical Services Statistics database12 used to draw the 2004 survey sample. SD = standard deviation.