Socioeconomic survey: National trends

May 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 4

In 2017, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), and the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA) collaborated to jointly survey their members and practices on calendar year 2016 socioeconomic and practice management data. Historically, this study has provided valuable data for otolaryngologists and their administrators to evaluate trends among their peers.

For 2017, a survey was developed by AAO-HNS and AOA staff members, based on member and committee feedback. After the survey form was finalized, invitations and reminders were sent during the period of June 12–July 21, 2017. There was extensive follow-up with non-respondents to encourage participation and individual follow-up with respondents who reported data that required additional confirmation to ensure accuracy of the final report. These charts are excerpted from the full report.

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The AAO-HNS portion of the survey was sent to 7,459 physicians, of which 759 physicians responded, yielding a 10 percent response rate. The AOA portion of the survey was distributed among 707 practices, of which 59 practices responded at least partially, yielding a response rate of 8.4 percent.