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Table 1 Demography and factors affecting knowledge and acceptance of herbal medicines of public health sector physicians in Trinidad

From: A gap between acceptance and knowledge of herbal remedies by physicians: The need for educational intervention

Demographic factor N (%) Mean knowledge scores (maximum = 52) Mean acceptance scores (maximum = 14)
Gender
Male 142 (74) 7.55 ± 0.65 5.60 ± 0.34
Female 50 (26) 8.40 ± 1.14 4.83 ± 0.57
Years practicing medicine
Less than 5 95 (49.5) 7.68 ± 0.82 6.08 ± 0.40
6 to 10 49 (25.5) 6.84 ± 1.03 4.68 ± 0.56
More than 10 48 (25.0) 8.91 ± 1.20 5.95 ± 0.63
Nationality
Caribbean/Latin American 120 (62.5) 9.48 ± 0.78 *1 5.49 ± 0.36
Indian/Asian 47 (24.5) 4.42 ± 0.71 6.36 ± 0.68
Nigerian 21 (10.9) 4.76 ± 1.13 5.14 ± 0.68
European/North American 4 (2.1) 11.88 ± 4.72 6.75 ± 3.03
Country of study
Caribbean/Latin America 106 (55.2) 9.24 ± 0.82 *2 5.56 ± 0.39
India/Asia 48 (25.0) 4.69 ± 0.77 6.27 ± 0.65
Nigeria 22 (11.5) 4.77 ± 1.08 4.98 ± 0.67
Europe/North America 6 (3.1) 11.25 ± 3.91 8.58 ± 1.73
More than 1 country 10 (5.2) 11.50 ± 2.84 4.20 ± 1.19
Hospital
SFGH 56 (29.2) 6.52 ± 0.91 4.67 ± 0.52
POSGH 58 (30.2) 7.85 ± 1.11 5.41 ± 0.49
EWMSC 44 (22.9) 7.39 ± 1.12 6.72 ± 0.65
SAPH 18 (9.4) 10.00 ± 1.95 5.64 ± 1.09
SGRH 9 (4.7) 8.61 ± 2.86 8.00 ± 1.45
MHWH 7 (3.7) 12.86 ± 3.38 6.93 ± 1.15
Department at hospital
Paediatrics 30 (15.6) 10.00 ± 1.53 6.30 ± 0.81
Surgery 29 (15.1) 5.17 ± 0.98 5.21 ± 0.75
General Medicine 30 (15.6) 7.17 ± 1.63 5.28 ± 0.68
Obstetrics & Gynaecology 21 (10.9) 9.64 ± 1.82 5.62 ± 0.81
Psychiatry 19 (9.9) 10.53 ± 1.92 5.42 ± 1.05
Orthopaedics 10 (5.2) 6.25 ± 2.31 6.35 ± 1.23
Radiology 9 (4.7) 6.94 ± 2.49 6.78 ± 1.75
Others 24 (12.5) 5.94 ± 1.33 5.33 ± 0.75
Overall scores 192 7.77 ± 0.56 5.69 ± 0.29
  1. Asterisks (*) show statistical significance using ANOVA. *1 p = 0.023; *2 p = 0.007.
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