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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of health professionals, Brazil, 2011, (N = 798)

From: Health promoting practices and personal lifestyle behaviors of Brazilian health professionals

Variable Physicians Nurses CHWs Total
Gender n % n % n % n %
 Male 103 56.6 53 15.3 29 10.8 185 23.2
 Female 79 43.4 294 84.7 240 89.2 613 76.8
P value 0.001*** 0.698 -
Age (years) n % n % n % n %
 20 to 29 44 24.2 164 47.4 76 28.3 284 35.6
 30 to 39 59 32.4 117 33.8 107 39.8 283 35.5
 40 to 49 32 17.6 44 12.7 58 21.6 134 16.8
 50 to 59 31 17.0 18 5.2 24 8.9 73 9.2
  > 60 16 8.8 3 0.9 4 1.5 23 2.9
P value 0.001*** 0.825 -
Race/Ethnicity n % n % n % n %
 White 123 67.6 215 62.0 104 39.0 442 55.5
 Black 10 5.5 24 6.9 27 10.1 61 7.7
 Asian 5 2.8 12 3.5 8 3 25 3.1
 Multiracial 44 24.2 96 27.7 127 47.6 267 33.5
 Indigenous 0 0 0 0 1 0.4 1 0.1
P value 0.636 0.982 -
Health status n % n % n % n %
 Excellent 59 32.4 88 25.4 48 17.8 195 24.4
 Very good 53 29.1 105 30.3 44 16.4 202 25.3
 Good 57 31.3 127 36.6 123 45.7 307 38.5
 Regular 13 7.1 22 6.3 54 20.1 89 11.2
 Bad 0 0 5 1.4 0 0 5 0.6
P value 0.208 0.820 -
Marital status n % n % n % n %
 Single 56 30.9 153 44.4 65 24.2 274 34.5
 Married/with
partner
111 61.3 171 49.6 180 66.9 462 58.1
 Separated 12 6.6 19 5.5 17 6.3 48 6.0
 Widow(er) 2 1.1 2 0.6 7 2.6 11 1.4
P value 0.028* 0.143 -
BMI n % n % n % n %
 Below 18.5 (Underweight) 6 3.3 16 4.6 10 3.7 32 4
 18–24.9 (Normal) 75 41.2 196 56.5 128 47.8 399 50.1
 25–29.9 (Overweight) 72 39.6 91 26.2 92 34.3 255 32
 30 and over (Obese) 29 15.9 44 12.7 38 14.2 111 13.9
P value 0.003** - -
  1. Note: * Statistically significant at p < 0.05, ** Statistically significant at p < 0.01, ***Statistically significant at p < 0.001