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Table 2 Characteristics of participating midwives (N = 989) and test of difference between two groups using t -test for numeric variables and Chi-squared test for categorical variables

From: User perspectives on the Swedish Maternal Health Care Register

Variable All participating midwives Group A a Group B b Group C c P-value d
   n = 880 (89.1%) n = 84 (8.5%) n = 24 (2.4%)  
Age (yrs) (n, %) 983 (99.4) 874 (88.0) 84 (8.5) 24 (2.4)  
Mean (SD) 51.1 (8.7) 50.8 (8.9) 53.6 (6.6) 53.7 (6.3) 0.005e
Median 53.0 52.5 55.0 55.0  
Range 27-69 27-69 39-64 42-64  
Work experience as midwife in yrs (n, %) 941 (95.1) 833 (88.5) 83 (8.8) 24 (2.6)  
Mean (SD) 21.4 (10.5) 21.0 (10.5) 24.7 (9.8) 25.2 (8.8) 0.001f
Range 0-44 0-44 4-42 9-40  
Work experience as midwife in ANC in yrs (n, %) 906 (99.3) 805 (88.9) 78 (8.6) 22 (2.4)  
Mean (SD) 13.3 (9.3) 13.0 (9.3) 16.0 (8.9) 17.9 (9.0) <0.001e
Range 0-40 0-40 1-36 3-36  
Working as a midwife in public/private care (n, %) 977 (98.8) 875 (89.6) 84 (8.6) 17 (1.7)  
Public health care 836 (85.6) 757 (86.5) 63 (75.0) 15 (88.2)  
Private health care 141 (14.3) 118 (13.5) 21 (25.0) 2 (11.8)  
Level of employment (n,%) 982 (99.3) 878 (89.4) 84 (8.6) 19 (2.2) <0.001g
<50%h 59 (6.0) 37 (4.2) 15 (17.9) 7 (36.8)  
50-75%i 237 (24.1) 225 (25.6) 10 (11.9) 1 (5.3)  
>75%j 686 (69.9) 616 (70.2) 59 (70.2) 11 (57.9)  
Registration of data in register (n, %) 975 (98.6) 873 (89.5) 84 (8.6) 17 (1.7) <0.001g
Daily 75 (7.7) 68 (7.8) 7 (8.3) 0  
Several times a week 585 (59.2) 536 (61.4) 48 (57.1) 0  
Once a week 124 (12.7) 117 (13.4) 6 (7.1) 1 (5.9)  
A few times every month 155 (15.9) 134 (15.3) 19 (22.6) 2 (11.8)  
Less frequent 36 (3.7) 18 (2.1) 4 (4.8) 14 (82.4)  
  1. aGroup A = Midwives exclusively engaged in patient-related work tasks.
  2. bGroup B = Midwives engaged in both patient-related work tasks and administrative supervision.
  3. cGroup C = Midwives exclusively engaged in administrative supervision.
  4. dTest of difference between two groups: Midwives with patient-related work tasks exclusively in one group (A) and midwives with patient-related work tasks and supervision and midwives with supervision exclusively in the other group (B, C).
  5. eMann–Whitney.
  6. f t-test.
  7. gChi-squared test.
  8. h<0.50 of a full time equivalent.
  9. i0.50-0.75 of a full time equivalent.
  10. j>0.75 of a full time equivalent.