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Table 1 Socio-demographic and work-related characteristics of study participants (N = 410)

From: Health professionals' knowledge and attitude towards patient confidentiality and associated factors in a resource-limited setting: a cross-sectional study

Socio-demographic characteristics Frequency Percentage
Sex   
 Male 271 66.1
 Female 139 33.9
Educational level   
 Diploma 126 30.7
 BSc degree 219 53.4
 MD. doctor 28 6.8
 MSc and specialist 37 9.0
Age   
  ≤ 24 years 101 24.6
 25–34 years 254 62.0
 ≥ 35 years 55 13.4
Religion   
 Orthodox 334 81.5
 Muslim 58 14.1
 Protestant 15 3.7
 Othersa 3 0.7
Marital status   
 Single 274 66.8
 Marred 136 33.2
Income in Ethiopian Birr   
  > 6000 306 74.6
 3000–6000 75 18.3
  < 3000 29 7.1
Work experience   
  > 5 years 126 30.7
 ≤  5 years 284 69.3
Department   
 Physician 39 9.5
 Nurse 196 47.8
 Pharmacy 32 7.8
 Laboratory 39 9.5
 Midwifery 60 14.6
 Othersb 44 10.7
Direct contact with the patients   
 Yes 385 93.9
 No 25 6.1
Numbers of the patient served per day   
  > 40 165 40.2
 30–40 114 27.8
  < 30 131 32.0
Numbers of ethical dilemmas faced daily   
  > 2 24 5.9
  ≤ 2 386 94.1
Training on medical ethics   
 Yes 190 46.3
 No 220 53.7
  1. aCatholic, adventist
  2. bPsychiatry, physiotherapy, anesthesia, optometry, environmental health