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Table 1 Participants’ demographics

From: Attitudes and perceptions of medical doctors towards the local health system: a questionnaire survey in Ecuador

Characteristics Men
n = 358 (58.9%)
Women
n = 249 (41.1%)
p value
n % n %
Group of age
 21–30 77 21.5% 84 33.3% < 0.001
 31–40 126 35.2% 101 40.1%
 41–50 61 17.0% 34 13.5%
  > 50 94 26.3% 33 13.1%
 Total 358 100.0% 252 100.0%  
Medical specialties
 Clinical 151 42.2% 95 38.2% 0.010
 Surgical 49 13.7% 10 4.0%
 Clinical-Surgical 31 8.7% 13 5.2%
 Diagnostics 14 3.9% 8 3.2%
 Without specialty 113 31.6% 123 49.4%  
 Total 358 100.0% 249 100.0%  
Place of study
 Local 334 93.3% 233 93.6% 0.892
 Foreign 24 6.7% 16 6.4%
 Total 358 100.0% 249 100.0%  
Type of University
 Public 233 21.5% 153 61% 0.01
 Private 89 24.9% 75 30%
 Co-financed 12 3.4% 3 1%
 International 24 6.7% 18 7%
 Total 358 100.0% 249 100%  
Region of the country
 Coast 123 34.4% 68 27.3% 0.172
 Mountain 203 56.7% 162 65.1%
 Amazonia 24 6.7% 12 4.8%
 Insular 8 2.2% 7 2.8%
 Total 358 100.0% 249 100.0%  
Main Practice setting
 Public (MoPH) 182 50.8% 141 56.6% 0.429
 Private 94 26.3% 51 20.5%
 IESS (Social security) 66 18.4% 41 16.5%
 ISSFA (Army) 3 0.8% 4 1.6%
 ISSPOL (National Police) 4 1.1% 4 1.6%
 Not working 9 2.5% 8 3.2%
 Total 358 100.0% 249 100.0%  
Functions
 Academy 21 5.9% 14 5.6% 0.651
 Medical care 329 91.9% 225 90.4%
 Administrative 5 1.4% 6 2.4%
 Other 3 0.8% 4 1.6%
 Total 358 100.0% 249 100.0%