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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of survey respondents among the nursing staff of the two hospitals

From: Food safety in hospital: knowledge, attitudes and practices of nursing staff of two hospitals in Sicily, Italy

Characteristics of survey respondents General Paediatric P
Gender    
   Male 114 (40.9) 44 (36.1) 0.346
   Female 165 (59.1) 78 (63.9)  
Total number 279 (100.0) 122 (100.0)  
Age (yr)    
   <35 61 (22.6) 20 (17.4) 0.215
   35–50 162 (60.0) 67 (58.3)  
   >50 47 (17.4) 28 (24.3)  
Total number 270 (100.0) 105 (100.0)  
Mean (range) 42.0 (24–64) 44.0 (31–64) 0.054
Length of service in the employment (yr)    
   ≤10 60 (23.2) 21 (18.1) 0.166
   11–20 109 (42.1) 43 (37.1)  
   ≥21 90 (34.7) 52 (44.8)  
Total number 259 (100.0) 116(100.0)  
Mean (range) 18.0 (0–39) 20.0 (3–39) 0.063
Length of service in the present ward (yr)    
   ≤10 77 (31.4) 26 (22.6) 0.067
   11–20 96 (39.2) 42 (36.5)  
   ≥21 72 (29.4) 47 (40.9)  
Total number 245 (100.0) 115 (100.0)  
Mean (range) 16.0 (0–37) 18.0 (3–36) 0.025*
Education level (yr)    
   8 41 (14.7) 28 (22.9) 0.012*
   13 171 (61.3) 80 (65.6)  
   ≥16 14 (5.0) 0  
Total number 226 (100.0) 108 (100.0)  
Attending at least one course on food hygiene and foodborne diseases in hospital    
   No 218 (78.1) 107 (87.7) 0.057
   Yes 32 (11.5) 7 (5.7)  
   Unanswered 29 (10.4) 8 (5.7)  
Total number 279 (100.0) 122 (100.0)  
  1. * statistical significance