Table 1

Characteristics of sponsored events for the three conditions

Total events (n=116 845)Depression (n=1567)Osteoporosis (n=1375)Overactive bladder (n=190)
Attendees
 Total number of attendees (% of total)3 481 75041 472 (1.2)33 916 (1.0)21 270 (0.6)
 Median/event (IQR)18 (12–25)19 (12–28)19 (12–27)20 (13–34)
Clinicians present (% of events)
 Medical specialists80 060 (68.5)839 (53.5)921 (67.0)50 (26.3)
 Primary care doctors24 662 (21.1)1159 (74.0)638 (46.4)132 (69.5)
 Trainees44 774 (38.3)222 (14.2)531 (38.6)18 (9.5)
 Nurses46 214 (39.6)357 (22.8)359 (26.1)46 (24.2)
Types of medical specialists present (% of events)
 Most frequentOncology 19 723 (16.9)Psychiatry 804 (51.3)Endocrinology 516 (37.5)Urology 30 (15.9)
 SecondSurgery 10 670 (9.1)Geriatrics 55 (3.5)Rheumatology 190 (13.8)Ob/Gyn 13 (6.8)
Expenses ($A)
 Total cost of events$A286 117 928$A6 259 581 (2.2%)$A6 073 333 (2.1%)$A568 332 (0.2%)
 Median cost per event (IQR)$A263 ($A153–1195)$A1941 ($A659–3264)$A686 ($A217–2500)$A2012 ($A765–3370)
 Median cost per head (IQR)$A14 ($A10–68)$A104 ($A48–141)$A52 ($A13–119)$A85 ($A31–90)
 Food and drink cost (% of total cost)$A84 862 791 (30)$A2 441 950 (39)$A2 314 319 (38)$A2 33 548 (41)
 Median per event food and drug cost (IQR)$A197 ($A107–405)$A911 ($A135–1712)$A337 ($150–1478)$A1115 ($A91–1868)
 Median per head food and drink cost (IQR)$A12 ($A8–20)$A57 ($A11–77)$A17 ($A11–75)$A55 ($A11–80)
Event characteristics (%)
 Clinical setting74 998 (64.2)487 (31.1)692 (50.3)44 (23.2)
 Any food provided1 05 667 (90.4)1441 (92.0)1298 (94.4)158 (83.2)
  Dinner19 873 (17.0)811 (51.7)512 (37.2)41 (21.6)
  Lunch25 935 (22.2)241 (15.4)485 (35.3)28 (14.7)
  Tea14 067 (12.0)15 (1.0)69 (5.0)2 (1.1)
  Breakfast12 806 (11.0)24 (1.5)77 (5.6)7 (3.7)
  All-day event meals3113 (2.7)62 (4.0)58 (4.2)1 (0.5)
  Unspecified29 873 (25.6)288 (18.4)97 (7.1)79 (41.6)
  • Ob/Gyn, obstetrics and gynaecology.