Survey Methodology

Physicians were invited to participate in an online survey. Respondents were required to practice medicine in the US.

  • Sample size: 12,339 physicians across 29+ specialties met the screening criteria and completed the survey; weighted to the American Medical Association's physician distribution by specialty and state.
  • Recruitment period: August 30 through November 5, 2020
  • Sampling error: The margin of error for the survey was +/- 0.88% at a 95% confidence level using a point estimate of 50%.


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