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Table 1 Sociodemographic and professional characteristics, knowledge, attitudes and interest related to FGM among the study participants.

From: Perception of primary health professionals about Female Genital Mutilation: from healthcare to intercultural competence

  2001 2004
  N % N %
Distributed questionnaires 280   296  
Returned questionnaires 225 80% 184 62%
Gender     
   Males 63 28.0 50 27.2
   Females 155 68.9 131 71.2
   Unknown 7 3.1 3 1.6
Age (years)     
   20 – 40 54 24.0 58 31.5*
   41 – 50 121 53.8 80 43.5*
   > 50 44 19.5 42 22.8
   Unknown 6 2.7 4 2.2
Professional group     
   General medicine 162 72.0 140 79.6
   Paediatrics 42 18.7 27 15.3
   Gynaecology 18 8.0 5 2.8*
   Unknown 3 1.3 4 2.3
Speciality     
   General or Family Medicine 77 34.2 70 38.0
   Gynaecology 7 3.1 4 2.2
   General Nursing 85 37.8 70 38.0
   Paediatric Nursing 22 9.8 15 8.2
   Paediatrician 20 8.9 12 6.5
   Midwife 11 4.9 1 0.5
   Social worker - - 8 4.4
   Unknown 3 1.3 4 2.2
Correctly identified     
   FGM typology 100 45.2 70 40.0
   Countries of FGM 42 23.9   
Have detected some case 13 5.9 30 16.3*
Attitudes     
   Ignore 2 0.9 0 0,0
   Educate 112 49.8 57 31.0*
   Report to authorities 40 17.8 44 23.9*
   Educate and report 71 31.5 83 45.1*
Interest 173 82.4 115 82.7
  1. Percentages calculated from questionnaires with information.
  2. * p < 0.05 between 2001 and 2004