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Table 1 Demographic and practice characteristics of study participants

From: The attitude and acceptability towards medical promotional tools and their influence on physicians’ prescribing practices in Jordan and Iraq: a cross-sectional study

Variable Overall (n= 801) Jordan (n= 401) Iraq (n= 400) P-value
Age (years) (mean (SD)) 45.9 (10.4) 45.1 (9.2) 46.6 (11.5) 0.037
Gender
 Males 545 (68.0%) 274 (68.3%) 271 (67.8%) 0.460
Years of experience
 Less than 5 years 89 (11.1%) 30 (7.5%) 59 (14.8%) 0.004
 6 – 10 years 178 (22.2%) 96 (23.9%) 82 (20.5%)
 More than 10 years 534 (66.7%) 275 (68.6%) 259 (64.8%)
Qualification
 General practitioner 205 (25.6%) 69 (17.2%) 136 (34.0%) 0.000
 Specialist 596 (74.4%) 332 (82.8%) 264 (66.0%)
Practice site
 Public healthcare 144 (18.0%) 54 (13.5%) 90 (22.5%) 0.003
 Private clinic 200 (25.0%) 111 (27.7%) 89 (22.2%)
 Both 457 (57.1%) 236 (58.8%) 221 (55.3%)
References used by healthcare professionals during their daily life practices for prescribing: (more than one answer can be chosen)
 Consultation of drug promoters 120 (15.0%) 31 (7.7%) 89 (22.3%) 0.000
 Pharmaceutical company drug guides 277 (34.5%) 105 (26.1%) 172 (43.0%)
 Medical text books 411 (51.3%) 177 (44.1%) 234 (58.5%)
 Academic journals 360 (44.9%) 167 (41.6%) 193 (48.4%)
 Consultation with specialist doctor 230 (28.7%) 91 (22.7%) 139 (34.8%)
 Consultation with other GPs 129 (16.1%) 66 (16.4%) 63 (15.8%)