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Table 2 Sociodemographic characteristics of the sample and knowledge, attitudes and practices related to FGM

From: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary healthcare professionals to female genital mutilation in Valencia, Spain: are we ready for this challenge?

  N %
Survey respondents 321 100
Profession
 GPs 123 38.3
 Gynaecologist 1 0.3
 Paediatricians 25 7.8
 Nurses 146 45.5
 Midwives 11 3.4
 Social workers 13 4.1
 Other 2 0.6
Gender
 Male 77 24
 Female 230 71.7
 Other 2 0.6
 No answer 12 3.7
Age (years)
  ≤ 35 43 13.4
 36–50 69 21. 5
  > 50 181 56.4
 No answer 28 8.7
Training received 48 15
Proper traininga 3 6.25
Correct identification
 Types of FGM 73 22.7
 Countries of prevalence 16 5
 Legislation 93 29
Reasons for conducting FGM
 Tradition and customs 120 37.4
 Religious reasons 24 7.5
 Tradition and religious reasons 130 40.5
 Tradition and marriage opportunities 15 4.6
 Otherb 32 10
Detection of cases of FGM 15 4.7
Correctly identify cases at risk of FGM 109 34
Attitudesc
 Educate and sensitize 285 88.8
 Condemn and report 131 40.8
 Educate and report 113 35.2
 Control 114 35.5
  1. aOf those who responded having received any training, the ones who correctly identified types of FGM and countries of prevalence
  2. bOther combinations, don’t know and don’t answer
  3. c“Educate and sensitize”: educate primary health professionals in FGM prevention and/or sensitize parents FGM consequences. “Condemn and report”: punitive and exemplary sentences to parents who perform FGM to their children and/or report to the authorities upon suspicion of FGM. “Educate and report”: both previous options combined. “Control”: prevent girls to travel to their country of origin as to not to take any risk and/or perform routine check-ups of the female genitalia as a measure of control up to the age of eighteen
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