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Thesis

Optometric practice satisfaction study

1 May 2001

Abstract

A sample of 2,886 randomly selected optometrists throughout the United States , and Puerto Rico were surveyed regarding practice satisfaction in their previous as well as current mode of practice. We received 662 responses to the survey, representing 13 modes of practice. Overall, 56.4% surveyed were very satisfied in their current mode of practice, 37.9 % were satisfied and 5.7% of optometrists were dissatisfied. SpecificaIIy, optometrists in partnerships with other optometrists were the most satisfied, whereas optometrists sharing practices with ophthalmologists had the highest rate of dissatisfaction, followed closely by optometrists working for chains and corporations. The study also inquired about practice mode satisfaction in terms of benefits offered, practice management input, patien1 management control and vacation time.


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