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Table 2 General characteristics of village doctors in Xuanhan, Sichuan China 2015 (N = 32)

From: Effectiveness of a smartphone app on improving immunization of children in rural Sichuan Province, China: a cluster randomized controlled trial

Variables Total (N = 32) Intervention group (N = 16) Control group (n = 16) P**
n % n % n %
Township 1.000
 Xiaba 11 33.9 5 31.25 6 37.5  
 Nanba 21 66.1 11 68.75 10 62.5  
Age,years* 42 ± 10.26 42.8 ± 9.88 42.13 ± 10.95 0.853
Gender 1.000
 Male 31 96.88 15 93.75 16 100  
 Female 1 3.13 1 6.25 0 0  
Marital Status 1.000
 Unmarried 2 6.25 1 6.25 1 6.25  
 Married 30 93.75 15 93.75 15 93.75  
Han Ethnicity 32 100 16 100 16 100  
Qualification for practice
 Certified rural doctors 29 90.63 15 93.75 14 87.5 1.000
 Certificated physician 1 3.13 0 0 1 6.25  
 Certificated assistant physician 1 3.13 0 0 1 6.25  
 Certificated nurse practitioner 1 3.13 1 6.25 0 0  
Prescription privilege, Yes 30 96.77 15 100 15 93.75 1.000
Academic title
 Junior level 18 56.25 9 56.25 9 56.25 0.571
 Intermediate level 8 25 5 31.25 3 18.75  
 No academic title 6 18.75 2 12.5 4 25  
Basic education
 Junior high school 15 48.39 8 53.33 7 43.75 0.594
 High School 16 51.61 7 46.67 9 56.25  
Professional education
 No professional education 1 3.13 1 6.25 0 0  
 Technical secondary school/vocational high school 28 87.5 14 87.5 14 87.5 1.000
 Junior college diploma 2 6.25 1 6.25 1 6.25  
 Others 1 3.13 0 0 1 6.25  
Specialty 1.000
 Clinical Medicine 9 28.13 7 43.75 2 12.5  
 Western medicine & TCM 18 56.25 7 43.75 11 68.75  
 Nurse 1 3.13 1 6.25 0 0  
 Others 4 12.49 1 6.25 3 18.75  
  1. *Presented as mean ± SD
  2. **Fisher exact tests were used to compare the difference of proportion between intervention and control groups, except for age, where t-test was used