Proportion of Family Physicians in Solo and Small Practices is on the Decline.

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Although solo and small practices are a vital part of primary care, the proportion of family physicians reporting working in practices with 5 or fewer providers declined from 15% to 11% for solo and 37% to 34% for small (2 to 5 providers) practices from 2014 to 2018. These decreasing trends are concerning, mainly when a low proportion of family physicians have solo practices in rural locations given the access to care challenges in these underserved populations.

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Authors: Anuradha Jetty, Stephen Petterson, Yalda Jabbarpour