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Table 1 “What is already known” and “what this study adds”

From: Does exam-targeted training help village doctors pass the certified (assistant) physician exam and improve their practical skills? A cross-sectional analysis of village doctors’ perspectives in Changzhou in Eastern China

What is already known: What this study adds:
Many studies show low quality of health services provided by village doctors. This study shows low percentage of certified (assistant) physicians based on national statistics and field survey data in Changzhou.
Some studies are focused on shortage of and ageing in village doctors. This study shows the status of participation of exam-targeted training and out-of-pocket expenditures.
Very few studies are on exam-targeted training. This study provides suggestions on the content and methods of training of the village doctors.