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Table 3 The practice of defensive medicine among the sampled doctors

From: The practice of defensive medicine among hospital doctors in the United Kingdom

Variable Defensive medicine No defensive medicine P-value
n = 159 (%) n = 45 (%)
Age group    <0.001
20-30 61 (38.4%) 7 (15.6%)  
31-40 56 (35.2%) 13 (28.9%)  
41-50 27 (17%) 14 (31.1%)  
More than 50 15 (9.4%) 11 (24.4%)  
Gender    0.31
Male 88 (55.3%) 29 (64.4%)  
Female 71 (44.7%) 16 (35.6%)  
Grade    <0.0001
Junior 67 (42.1%) 10 (22.2%)  
Middle grade 47 (29.6%) 6 (13.3%)  
Consultant 45 (28.3%) 29 (64.5%)  
Specialty    0.32
Medicine 37 (23.3%) 9 (20%)  
Surgery 20 (12.6%) 4 (8.9%)  
O & G 42 (26.4%) 7 (15.6%)  
Pediatrics 27 (16.9%) 12 (26.7%)  
Others 33 (20.8%) 13 (28.8%)  
  1. Data presented as numbers (%).
  2. O & G = Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  3. P-value = Fisher’s exact test.