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Table 2 Presentations details

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

Variables Details Australia n/58 (%) Malaysia n/125 (%)
Type of main product discussed New medicine 9 (16) 41 (33)
  Old medicine with new information/indication 18 (31) 54 (43)
  Old medicine with general information 31 (53) 30 (24)
   ^ P < 0.001  
Type of presentation Personal 50 (86) 122 (98)
  Group 8 (14) 3 (2)
   ^ P = 0.01  
Current usage of the main product Low* 14 (24) 33(26)
  Medium& 26 (44) 43 (34)
  High# 9 (16) 8 (7)
  Non user** 9 (16) 41 (33)
   ^ P = 0.03  
Length of discussion 1-5 minutes 16 (27) 42 (33)
  > 5-10 minutes 30 (52) 55 (44)
  > 10-20 minutes 10 (18) 26 (21)
  > 20 minutes 2 (3) 2 (2)
   ^ P = 0.65  
  1. * Low = rarely used, &Medium = seldomly used, # High = commonly used, **Non user = never used, ^ P-value (Comparison Australia and Malaysia)