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Table 2 Perceived barriers for STI care by characteristics of respondents

From: Physicians’ perceived barriers to management of sexually transmitted infections in Vietnam

Respondent characteristics Lack of STI training N (%*) Lack of professional resources N (%*) Lack of time N (%*) Lack of reimbursement N (%*) Lack of privacy/ confidentiality N (%*) Lack of counselling N (%*)
Sex       
  Female 176 (56.8%) 131 (42.3%) 126 (40.6%) 69 (22.3%) 54 (17.4%) 44 (14.2%)
  Male 80 (56.7%) 52 (36.9%) 45 (31.9%) 26 (18.4%) 24 (17.0%) 22 (15.6%)
Age group (in years)       
  <40 87 (64.9%) 65 (48.5%) 50 (37.3%) 28 (20.9%) 26 (19.4%) 23 (17.2%)
  40-50 138 (53.9%) 90 (35.2%) 93 (36.3%) 54 (21.1%) 42 (16.4%) 33 (12.9%)
  51-60 31 (50.8%) 28 (45.9%) 28 (45.9%) 13 (21.3%) 10 (16.4%) 10 (16.4%)
Medical degree       
  D&V doctor 18 (38.30%) 13 (27.70%) 26 (55.3%) 11 (23.4%) 9 (19.1%) 3 (6.40%)
 General practitioner 67 (60.9%) 45 (40.9%) 30 (27.3%) 23 (20.9%) 20 (18.2%) 15 (13.6%)
  Ob/Gyn doctor 15 (45.50%) 12 (36.4%) 18 (54.5%) 11 (33.3%) 6 (18.2%) 5 (15.2%)
  Assistant doctor 156 (59.8%) 113 (43.3%) 97 (37.2%) 50 (19.2%) 43 (16.5%) 43 (16.5%)
In-service training on STIs       
  No 109 (69.4%) 79 (50.3%) 44 (28.0%) 20 (12.7%) 28 (17.8%) 28 (17.8%)
  Yes 147 (50.0%) 104 (35.4%) 127 (43.2%) 75 (25.5%) 50 (17.0%) 38 (12.9%)
In-service training on communication       
  No 126 (61.8%) 100 (49.0%) 61 (29.9%) 43 (21.1%) 44 (21.6%) 34 (16.7%)
  Yes 130 (52.6%) 83 (33.6%) 110 (44.5%) 52 (21.1%) 34 (13.8%) 32 (13.0%)
Duration of medical practice (in years)       
  ≤10 76 (63.9%) 62 (52.1%) 44 (37.0%) 28 (23.5%) 23 (19.3%) 18 (15.1%)
  11-20 93 (60.0%) 49 (31.6%) 47 (30.3%) 28 (18.1%) 31 (20.0%) 22 (14.2%)
  >20 87 (49.2%) 72 (40.7%) 80 (45.2%) 39 (22.0%) 24 (13.6%) 26 (14.7%)
Average number of patient seen per week       
  ≤ 15 121 (57.6%) 88 (41.9%) 65 (31.0%) 38 (18.1%) 30 (14.3%) 25 (11.9%)
  16-30 61 (54.5%) 47 (42.0%) 44 (39.3%) 25 (22.3%) 18 (16.1%) 11 (9.8%)
  > 30 74 (57.4%) 48 (37.2%) 62 (48.1%) 32 (24.8%) 30 (23.3%) 30 (23.3%)
STI diagnoses prior to survey       
  Yes 174 (55.4%) 120 (38.2%) 117 (37.3%) 57 (18.2%) 51 (16.2%) 38 (12.1%)
  No 82 (59.9%) 63 (46.0%) 54 (39.4%) 38 (27.7%) 27 (19.7%) 28 (20.4%)
Place of main practice       
  Province 77 (51.7%) 44 (29.5%) 79 (53.0%) 29 (19.5%) 29 (19.5%) 23 (15.4%)
  District 57 (62.6%) 43 (47.3%) 32 (35.2%) 19 (20.9%) 15 (16.5%) 13 (14.3%)
  Commune 122 (57.8%) 96 (45.5%) 60 (28.4%) 47 (22.3%) 34 (16.1%) 30 (14.2%)
  1. *Percentage of respondents who reported perceived barriers for STI care (row %, Response = “No” was omitted).