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Table 1 Respondent characteristics (N = 5070)

From: Healthcare professionals’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding graduated compression stockings: a survey of China’s big-data network

Characteristic Categories n %
Gender Men 454 9.0
Women 4616 91.0
Age (years) <  29 1999 39.4
30–39 2180 43.0
≥ 40 891 17.6
Highest education attained Secondary a 67 1.3
College 921 18.2
Bachelor’s degree 3659 72.2
Master’s degree 382 7.5
Doctoral degree 41 0.8
Profession Doctor 654 12.9
Nurse 4416 87.1
Hospital level Tertiary hospital 4523 89.2
Secondary hospital 547 10.8
Service years 1–5 1495 29.5
6–10 1501 29.6
11–19 1271 25.1
≥ 20 803 15.8
Professional title Junior 2992 59.0
Intermediate 1688 33.3
Senior 390 7.7
Administrative duties No 4422 87.2
Education secretary 337 6.7
Head nurse 205 4.0
Doctor director 106 2.1
GCS application training Yes 3216 63.4
No b 1854 36.6
  1. GCS Graduated compression stockings
  2. aEven in some tertiary hospitals in China, there are a few nurses who have worked for more than 30 years who have only completed secondary education
  3. bIdeally, all healthcare professionals in hospitals accredited by the National Program for Prevention and Management of primary embolism and deep vein thrombosis should have training for the use of GCS; however, the survey shows a wide gap in the implementation of the program in the real world