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Table 4 Family physicians’ socio-demographic characteristics and satisfaction data (n = 170)

From: Barriers to effective communication between family physicians and patients in walk-in centre setting in Dubai: a cross-sectional survey

Category Subcategory Count (%)
Age (in years) ≤30 25 14.7%
31–40 71 41.8%
41–50 43 25.3%
≥51 31 18.2%
Gender Male 38 22.4%
Female 132 77.7%
Nationality United Arab Emirates 75 44.1%
Other 95 55.9%
 Arab 45 26.5%
 Non-Arab 20 11.8%
 Unspecified 30 17.7%
First language Arabic 138 81.2%
Other 32 18.8%
 English 6 3.5%
 Farsi 1 0.6%
 Hindi 6 3.5%
 Urdu 17 10.0%
 Malayalam 2 1.2%
Professional level Senior resident 25 14.7%
Specialist registrar 72 42.4%
Senior specialist registrar 60 35.3%
Consultant 13 7.7%
Years of experience ≤5 21 12.4%
6–10 37 21.8%
11–15 32 18.8%
16–20 38 22.4%
> 20 42 24.7%
Communication skills training Medical school
 Yes 105 61.8%
 No 65 38.2%
Postgraduate/Residency
 Yes 151 88.8%
 No 19 11.2%
Within last year
 Yes 61 35.9%
 No 109 64.1%
Job satisfaction Not satisfied 1 0.6%
Average satisfaction 80 47.1%
Very satisfied 89 52.4%
Communication skills satisfaction Not satisfied 0 0.0%
Average satisfaction 50 29.4%
Very satisfied 120 70.6%
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