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Table 2 Determinants of public health professionals’ positive attitude towards the implementation of pathogen genomics in a public health context, Belgium, 2019

From: Perceived utility and feasibility of pathogen genomics for public health practice: a survey among public health professionals working in the field of infectious diseases, Belgium, 2019

Variablesa Total Very enthusiasticb Crude Adjustedc
  N n (%) OR (95% CI) OR (95% CI)
Level of expertise
 Low (reference) 52 25 (48.1) 1.00 1.00
 Middle 51 32 (62.7) 1.82 (0.83 – 4.04) 1.54 (0.68 – 3.52)
 High 32 28 (87.5) 7.56 (2.53 – 28.27) 4.04 (1.11 – 17.23)
Level of action
 Local (reference) 57 30 (52.6) 1.00 1.00
 National 78 55 (70.5) 2.15 (1.06 – 4.42) 2.07 (0.96 – 4.52)
Position in information cycle
 Data end-user (reference) 68 34 (50.0) 1.00 1.00
 Data provider 67 51 (76.1) 3.19 (1.55 – 6.78) 2.09 (0.88 – 5.09)
  1. OR odds ratio, CI confidence interval
  2. aVariables were selected using backward stepwise regression based on the Akaike Information Criterion from a multivariable logistic model
  3. bParticipants were classified as those who were ‘very enthusiastic – we should be using genomics now’ concerning the implementation of pathogen genomics in public health practice vs. all others
  4. cOdds ratios adjusted for the set of variables included in the final multivariable logistic regression model (i.e. level of expertise, level of action, and position in information cycle)
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