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Table 2 Summary characteristics of respondents and non-respondents

From: Information seeking for making evidence-informed decisions: a social network analysis on the staff of a public health department in Canada

   All survey respondents (n = 196) Information-seeking: included (n = 170) Information-seeking: not included
(n = 26)
Recognition of expertise: included (n = 158) Friendship: included (n = 120) The whole department *
Gender female (%) 176 (89.8%) 153 (90%) 23 (88.5%) 141 (89.2%) 108 (90%) 90%
Years of work experience in public health: mean(SD)   10.3 (9) 10.7 (8.7) 7.2 (6.6)* 10.7 (9) 10.5 (9) ~7 years
Highest degree earned        
  Diploma/certificate 27 (13.8%) 21 (12.4%) 6 (23.1%) 20 (12.7%) 17 (14.2%) No information available
  Baccalaureate 125 (63.8%) 106 (62.4%) 19 (73.1%) 99 (62.7%) 72 (60%) No information available
  Master 42 (21.4%) 41 (24.1%) 1 (3.8%) 37 (23.4%) 30 (25%) No information available
  Doctorate 2 (1%) 2 (1.2%) 0 2 (1.3%) 1 (0.8%) No information available
Division        
  #1 71 (36.2%) 57 (33.5%) 11 (42.3%) 55 (34.8%) 41 (34.2%) 184 (29%)
  #2 19 (9.7%) 17 (10%) 2 (7.7%) 16 (10.1%) 12 (10%) 93 (14%)
  Office of the Medical Officer of Health 11 (5.6%) 11 (6.5%) 0 11 (7%) 10 (8.3%) 19 (3%)
  #4 47 (24%) 42 (24.7%) 6 (23.1%) 40 (25.3%) 31 (25.8%) 176 (27%)
  #5 48 (24.5%) 43 (25.3%) 7 (26.9%) 36 (22.8%) 26 (21.7%) 170 (26%)
Job titles (response rate %)        
  Associate medical officer of health, director 4 (57%) 4 (57%) 0 3 (43%) 3 (43%) 7
  Manager 15 (83%) 15 (83%) 0 13 (72%) 12 (67%) 18
  Supervisor 27 (48%) 27 (48%) 0 26 (46%) 12 (21%) 56
  ‘professional consultants’ 12 (60%) 12 (60%) 0 11 (55%) 11 (55%) 20
  epidemiologist 3 (100%) 3 (100%) 0 3 (100%) 2 (66%) 3
  Practitioners (e.g. Public Health Nurse, Health Promotion Officer, Registered Dietician, Nutritionist, Public Health Inspector) 121 (26%) 98 (21%) 23 (5%) 92 (20%) 70 (15%) 461*
  Administrative support 14 (13%) 11 (10%) 3 (3%) 10 (9%) 10 (9%) 110*
  1. * the information for this column was obtained from a departmental report, which included contract staff as well as full time employees. However, only full time staff were included in this study. Therefore, the numbers in this column does not add up to 620.