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Table 3 Capabilities ranked of high importance

From: Desired Chinese medicine practitioner capabilities and professional development needs: a survey of registered practitioners in Victoria, Australia

Demographic information Percentage of practitioners rating capability as important or very important
   TC10 TC3 TC4 RSC6 RSC2 TC8 RSC5 TC5 TC2 TC1
Gender Male 95.8 96.6 97.5 93.6 88.8 82.2 80.8 75.9 81.7 80.0
  Female 100 97.0 100 93.9 98.0* 96.8* 90.8 89.2 86.7 86.9
Age 18–34 95.9 96.4 100 98.2 92.7 94.0 92.7 92.0 87.3 87.3
  35–54 99.2 97.0 98.4 92.7 92.6 86.8 83.8 75.4 81.3 80.6
  55+ 90.3 96.6 96.8 93.5 93.5 83.3 80.6 90.0 82.1 89.7
Australian CM qualification None 97.0 97.0 97.0 85.1* 88.1 70.8* 70.1* 81.8 81.8 77.3
  < Bachelor 100 95.2 100 95.6 97.8 97.7 93.3 76.2 83.3 90.5
  ≥ Bachelor 97.1 97.3 99.0 98.2 93.7 96.2 91.0 84.2 85.5 83.8
Overseas CM qualification None 98.0 97.2 99.0 97.3 95.5 97.1* 91.8 79.2 85.2 86.1
  < Bachelor 97.3 94.7 97.3 89.5 92.1 83.8 81.6 88.9 78.4 73.7
  ≥ Bachelor 97.3 97.3 98.6 90.7 89.3 79.2 77.3* 81.9 84.9 83.6
Years of practice in Australia < 10 years 96.6 98.4 99.2 96.1 95.2 93.2 90.5 84.3 85.4 88.7
  ≥ 10 years 97.8 94.7 97.8 91.7 89.6 81.3 79.2* 78.0 79.8 76.6
Years of practice overseas Never 97.5 96.9 99.2 98.5* 96.2 96.6* 93.8* 82.8 83.5 86.7
  < 10 years 98.2 96.4 100 89.5 86.0 78.9 71.9 75.0 78.6 75.0
  ≥ 10 years 93.9 97.0 93.9 85.3 91.2* 71.9 76.5 87.9 87.9 87.9
  1. *: Significant difference between groups (via χ2 test, significance level for multiple comparisons was adjusted by Holmes-Bonferroni procedure).
  2. †: Including participants never practiced in Australia (n = 2)