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Table 1 Demographic characteristic of healthcare professionals working in tertiary hospitals in metropolitan Shanghai (Xuhui, Jing’An and Yangpu districts) and community health centres in regional Shanghai (Jin Shan district)

From: Low back pain beliefs are associated to age, location of work, education and pain-related disability in Chinese healthcare professionals working in China: a cross sectional survey

Demographic characteristic Tertiary hospitals in metropolitan Shanghai (N = 231) Community health centres in regional Shanghai (N = 201)
  Nurses Medical Practitioners Therapists TCMP Other Nurses Medical Practitioners Therapists TCMP Other
N (%)a 111 (48.1) 46 (19.9) 44 (19.0) 5 (2.2) 25 (10.8) 102 (51.3) 71 (35.7) 0 13 (6.5) 13 (6.5)
Gender: n (%) femaleb 109 (98.2) 25 (54.3) 18 (40.9) 3 (30.0) 14 (56.0) 98 (97.0) 30 (42.3) 0 6 (46.2) 3 (23.1)
Highest academic qualification%c Secondary technical 16.2 2.2 11.4 0 4.0 36.4 14.3 - 30.8 33.3
Junior college/Senior high 56.8 2.2 20.5 0 4.0 58.6 30.0 - 30.8 16.7
Bachelor degree 23.4 *43.5 56.8 60.0 60.0 5.1 *50.0 - 30.8 50.0
Postgraduate degree 3.6 52.2 11.4 40.0 32.0 0 5.7 - 7.7 0
Age: mean (SD)a 32.9 (10.0) 39.3 (10.0) 35.0 (9.7) 38.8 (8.6) 29.9 (10.8) 35.8 (9.9) 40.6 (10.2) - 46.5 (10.6) 43.7 (9.9)
Years of practice: mean (SD)a 11.5 (10.1) 14.1 (10.2) 12.7 (10.5) 16 (8.7) 7.8 (11.9) 15.0 (10.1) 18.3 (10.9) - 22.6 (10.5) 22.1 (10.1)
Lifetime experience of LBP n (%) 65 (58.6) 24 (52.2) 24 (54.5) 0 (0.0) 10 (40.0) 59 (57.8) 37 (52.1) - 7 (53.8) 8 (61.5)
Experience of LBP in last 12 month n (%) 64 (57.7) 22 (47.8) 24 (54.5) - 10 (40.0) 55 (53.9) 35 (49.3) - 5 (38.5) 7 (53.8)
Usual pain last week (/10) Median (range) 1.7 (0–8) 1.2 (0–7) 2.0 (0–8) - 1.6 (0–4) 2.1 (0–10) 1.9 (0–9) - 2.6 (1–8) 0.8 (0–5)
  1. TCMP = Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners;
  2. *A proportion of medical practitioners do not have a bachelor’s degree. They may have undertaken a certificate-oriented three-year medical training course at a medical college before the reform in medical education in the late 1990s[51].
  3. a: n = 2 data points missing for rural practitioners, N = 199.
  4. b: n = 3 data point missing for rural practitioners, N = 198.
  5. c: n = 7 data point missing for rural practitioners, N = 194.