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Table 5 Characteristics of referred patients (N = 236)

From: The relevance of clinical ethnography: reflections on 10 years of a cultural consultation service

Patient characteristic N %
Patient’s proficiency in French
 Fluent in French 79 33.5
 Basic knowledge 84 35.5
 No French spoken 73 31.0
Region of origin
 Africa 134 56.8
  Subsaharan Africa 94 39.8
  East Africa 32 13.6
  North Africa 8 3.4
 Asia 50 21.4
  Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka 19 8.1
  Middle-east 13 5.5
  South-east Asia 11 4.7
  Other 7 3.0
 Europe 42 17.9
  Balkans 35 14.8
  Other 7 3.0
 America 8 3.4
  Central America 5 2.1
  South America 3 1.3
 Missing data 2 0.8
Migration status in Switzerland
 Stable residency permit/Swiss passport 111 47.0
 Asylum seeker/undocumented migrant 79 33.5
 Other (tourist, diplomat, etc.) 9 3.8
 Missing data 37 15.7
Time spent in Switzerland
 Less than 1 year 46 19.5
 1 to 10 years 68 28.8
 More than 10 years 79 33.5
 Missing data 43 18.2
Religion
 Muslim 77 32.6
 Christian 75 31.8
 Other 12 5.1
 Missing data 72 30.5
Education
 None 23 9.7
 Primary school completed 29 12.3
 Secondary school completed 46 19.5
 University degree 27 11.5
 Missing data 111 47.0
Main medical problem
 Infectious disease (HIV, TB) 34 14.4
 Chronic pain/somatization 28 11.9
 Mental health problem 27 11.4
 Cancer 21 8.9
 Neurological disease 18 7.6
 Other 108 45.8