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Table 1 Socio-demographic and professional characteristics of public and private physicians in urban Pakistan

From: How well can physicians manage Tuberculosis? A Public-Private sector comparison from Karachi, Pakistan

Variable Public Private All p-value
  n = 100 (%) n = 96 (%) n = 196 (%)  
Age in years
20-35 29 (29.0) 46 (48.0) 75 (38.0) 0.038*
36-50 46 (46.0) 25 (26.0) 71 (36.0)  
>50 25 (25.0) 25 (26.0) 50 (26.0)  
Sex  
Male 56 (56.0) 66 (69.0) 122 (62.0) 0.452
Female 44 (44.0) 30 (31.0) 74 (38.0)  
Qualification  
MBBS 46 (46.0) 55 (57.0) 101 (51.5) 0.50
Diploma/Fellow 54 (54.0) 41 (43.0) 95 (48.5)  
Years of practice
≤10 years 37 (37.0) 59 (61.5) 96 (49.0) 0.001*
>10 years 63 (63.0) 37 (38.5) 100 (51.0)  
NTP Training
Yes 29 (29.0) 32 (33.0) 61 (31.0) 0.255
No 71 (71.0) 64 (67.0) 135 (69.0)  
Follow DOTS methodology
Yes 47 (47.0) 50 (52.0) 97 (50.0)  
No 36 (36.0) 30 (32.0) 66 (33.0) 0.388
Don’t know 17 (17.0) 16 (16.0) 33 (17.0)  
Opinion regarding involvement of private physicians in TB Dots program
Yes 91 (91.0) 87 (91.0) 178 (91.0)  
No 5 (5.0) 4 (4.0) 9 (4.5) 0.254
Don’t know 4 (4.0) 5 (5.0) 9 (4.5)  
  1. *p-value <0.05 was considered as significant.