1,500 optometrists throughout the U.S. were surveyed after random demographical selection. 571 O.D.'s (38%) responded, representing thirteen different modes of self-employed and employed optometrists. The questionnaire explored practitioner satisfaction as well as variables which could affect this satisfaction. Of those responding 53.3% of the self-employed optometrists were very satisfied as compared to only 33.7% of those employed. The highest[ satisfaction level was reported by optometrists practicing as a partner or sharing expenses with an ophthalmologist. The lowest level of satisfaction was reported by individuals in government or military settings. Of the variables explored, which included income, benefits, days practiced, practice control, and TPA use, practice control and income were the most predictive of satisfaction level.
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