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Table 1 Characteristics of healthcare providers interviewed

From: Antibiotic prescription for under-fives with common cold or upper respiratory tract infection in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR

Characteristics Male Female Total
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Healthcare providers interviewed 20 (100) 34 (100) 54 (100)
Facility
 Provincial hospital 1 (5.0) 5 (14.7) 6 (11.1)
 District hospitals 19 (95.0) 29 (85.3) 48 (88.9)
Medical background
 Medical doctors 12 (60.0) 10 (29.4) 22 (40.7)
 Pediatricians 1 (5.0) 3 (8.8) 4 (7.4)
 General practitionersa 1 (5.0) 10 (29.4) 11 (20.4)
 Primary healthcare staff b 6 (30.0) 11 (32.4) 17 (31.5)
Professional level
 Master degree 0 (0.0) 1 (2.9) 1 (1.9)
 Bachelor 9 (45.0) 10 (29.4) 19 (35.2)
 Specialist level 1c 3 (15.0) 3 (8.8) 6 (11.1)
 Medical assistant 2 (10.0) 7 (20.6) 9 (16.7)
 Other 6 (30.0) 13 (38.2) 19 (35.2)
Employee status
 Employed 12 (60.0) 28 (82.4) 40 (74.1)
 Work contact 0 (0.0) 1 (2.9) 1 (1.9)
 Voluntary staff 8 (40.0) 5 (14.7) 13 (24.1)
Working division
 OPD 4 (20.0) 11 (32.4) 15 (27.8)
 IPD 9 (45.0) 9 (26.5) 18 (33.3)
 Emergency department 7 (35.0) 14 (41.2) 21 (38.9)
Work experiences/practice
 Heath check-up for U5 20 (100.0) 34 (100.0) 54 (100.0)
 Health service outside HF 11 (55.0) 17 (50.0) 28 (51.9)
  1. aGeneral medical staff with a bachelor degree graduated from a medical school
  2. bStaff graduated from 2-year primary healthcare school
  3. cStaff with additional specialization after a 3-year training
  4. HF health facility, OPD outpatient division, IPD inpatient division, U5 children under 5 years of age