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Table 1 Background characteristics of physicians at six Zonal hospitals in Tigray National Regional State, February 2011 by level

From: Public-on-private dual practice among physicians in public hospitals of Tigray National Regional State, North Ethiopia: perspectives of physicians, patients and managers

Variable General Practitioner (N = 15) Specialist (N = 16) All Physicians (N = 31)
Age in years (Mean ± SD) 27.0 ± 4.07 39.1 ± 3.48 33.3 ± 7.19
Gender
 Male 13 86.7% 16 100% 29 93.5%
 Female 2 13.3% 0 0% 2 6.5%
Marital status
 Married 0 0% 13 81.2% 13 41.9%
 Single 15 100% 3 18.8% 18 58.1%
Public sector service years (Mean ± SD) 2.3 ± 2.76 13.9 ± 4.39 8.3 ± 6.15
Monthly public sector salary in Ethiopian Birr (Mean ± SD) 2436.00 ± 180.20 4430.00 ± 306.40 3465.00 ± 996.40
Private Sector Involvement
 Owns a Higher Clinic 1 6.7% 11 68.8% 12 38.7%
 Owns a Medium Clinic 2 13.3% 2 12.5% 4 12.9%
 Works part-time in a private clinic 2 13.3% 3 18.8% 5 16.1%
 Works in private wing of public hospital 7 46.7% 0 0.0% 7 22.6%
 None 3 6.7% 0 0.0% 3 9.7%