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Table 2 Socio-demography

From: A nationwide postal survey on the perception of Malaysian public healthcare providers on family medicine specialists’ (PERMFAMS) clinical performance, professional attitudes and research visibility

Socio-demography Total Public healthcare facility X 2 */F P value
Health clinics Health office Hospitals
Age, mean (SD) 38.2 (8.83) 36.3 (9.25) 38.9 (9.87) 39.4 (6.78) 9.48 <0.0001
Gender
Male 282 (100.0) 84 (29.8) 62 (22.0) 136 (48.2) 51.94 <0.0001
Female 485 (100.0) 191 (39.4) 181 (37.3) 113 (23.3)
Total 767 (100.0) 275 (35.9) 243 (31.7) 249 (32.5)   
Profession
Senior Consultants 26 (100.0) 0 0 26 (100.0) 792.37 <0.0001
Consultants 55 (100.0) 0 1 (1.8) 54 (98.2)
Clinical Specialists 138 (100.0) 1 (0.7) 0 137 (99.3)
Public Health Physicians 11 (100.0) 1 (9.1) 10 (90.9) 0
Medical Officers 131 (100.0) 46 (35.1) 65 (49.6) 20 (15.3)
Assistant Medical Officer 68 (100.0) 41 (60.3) 27 (39.7) 0
Pharmacists 36 (100.0) 33 (91.7) 3 (8.3) 0
Matrons & Sisters 57 (100.0) 17 (29.8) 40 (70.2) 0
Staff Nurses 82 (100.0) 50 (61.0) 31 (37.8) 1 (1.2)
Community Nurses 49 (100.0) 28 (57.1) 20 (40.8) 1 (2.0)
Nutritionists & Dieticians 15 (100.0) 5 (33.3) 10 (66.7) 0
Physiotherapists & Occupational therapists 6 (100.0) 6 (100.0) 0 0
Medical Laboratory Technicians 20 (100.0) 20 (100.0) 0 0
Radiographers 8 (100.0) 8 (100.0) 0 0
Others 63 (100.0) 22 (34.9) 39 (61.9) 2 (3.2)
Total 765 (100.0) 278 (36.3) 246 (32.2) 241 (31.5)   
Average number of encounter with FMS
Almost every working day 96 (100.0) 53 (55.2) 41 (42.7) 2 (2.1) 209.27 <0.0001
1-3 times per week 150 (100.0) 84 (56.0) 54 (36.0) 12 (8.0)
1-3 times per month 182 (100.0) 65 (35.7) 74 (40.7) 43 (23.6)
1-6 times per year 203 (100.0) 30 (14.8) 39 (19.2) 134 (66.0)
< 6 times per year 46 (100.0) 17 (37.0) 15 (32.6) 14 (30.4)
Never 4 (100.0) 2 (50.0) 2 (50.0) 0
Total 681 (100.0) 251 (36.9) 225 (33.0) 205 (30.1)   
Length in medical service (year), mean (SD) 11.4 (9.01) 11.3 (8.68)§ 14.1 (10.05)§ 8.8 (7.40)§ 22.59 <0.0001
Length of service in current health facility (year), mean (SD) 5.2 (5.33) 4.9 (5.06) 5.3 (5.69) 5.5 (5.24) 1.00 0.39
  1. *Chi-square test, ANOVA.
  2. Post-hoc Bonferroni showed that mean age at health clinics was significantly younger compared to the others, no different was seen between health office and hospital.
  3. §Post-hoc Bonferroni showed that mean length in medical service was all significantly different among the three healthcare facilities.