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Table 1 Demographic and professional characteristics of the responding public health professionals

From: Are public health professionals prepared for public health genomics? A cross-sectional survey in Italy

Variables N. %
Geographical area (785)a   
North 244 31.1
Center 184 23.4
South 225 28.7
Islands 132 16.8
Gender (790)a   
Female 426 53.9
Male 364 46.1
Age, years (790)a   
≤30 52 6.6
31-40 191 24.2
41-50 182 23.0
51-60 297 37.6
≥61 68 8.6
Type of degree (786)a   
Medicine 626 79.7
Biology 83 10.6
Nursing 27 3.4
Other health professions degrees 25 3.1
Other degrees 25 3.2
Exposure to predictive genetic testing during undergraduate training (797)a   
No 635 79.7
Yes 162 20.3
Exposure to predictive genetic testing during postgraduate training (797)a   
No 603 75.7
Yes 194 24.3
English language knowledge (789)a   
Very low 126 16.0
Low 200 25.3
Intermediate 270 34.2
Good 153 19.4
Excellent 40 5.1
Internet available in the workplace (797)a   
No 44 5.5
Yes 753 94.5
Hours per week dedicated to continuing medical education (797)a   
<1 114 14.3
1-5 440 55.2
6-10 166 20.8
>10 77 9.7
Reception in the previous year of specific information concerning predictive genetic testing from institutional sources (797)a   
No 583 73.1
Yes 214 26.9
  1. aNumber of public health professionals responding to the question.