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Table 1 Characteristics of general practitioners

From: Medicines information provided by pharmaceutical representatives: a comparative study in Australia and Malaysia

Characteristics   Australia n/10 (%) Malaysia n/24 (%)
Gender Male 5 (50) 14 (58)
  Female 5 (50) 10 (42)
   ^P = 0.85  
Age < 35 years 0 3 (13)
  35-44 years 1 (10) 12 (50)
  45-54 years 7 (70) 7(29)
  > 54 years 2 (20) 2 (8)
   ^P = 0.01  
Years in practice Less than 5 years 1 (10) 3 (12)
  5-10 years 0 5 (21)
  10-20 years 4 (40) 12 (50)
  Over 20 years 5 (50) 4 (17)
   ^P = 0.02  
Postgraduate qualifications Fellowship and postgraduate 6 (60) 8 (33)
  Fellowship only 2 (20) 0
  Postgraduate only 1 (10) 10 (42)
  None 1 (10) 6 (25)
   ^P = 0.02  
Site of practice Urban 6 (60) 24 (100)
  Rural 4 (40) 0
   ^P = 0.001  
Number of doctors in practice 1 0 8 (33)
  2-5 doctors 6 (60) 4 (17)
  More than 5 doctors 4 (40) 12 (50)
   ^P = 0.03  
Average number of pharmaceutical representatives met every week 1-3 7 (70) 14 (58)
  4-6 3 (30) 10 (42)
   ^P = 0.09  
  1. ^ P-value (Comparison Australia and Malaysia)