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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of physicians that participated in the survey (N = 383)

From: Construct validity for the self-reported competency and sub-construct associated characteristics of Romanian physicians in autism spectrum disorder

Characteristics Categories N (%*)
ender a Male 85 (22.2)
Female 288 (75.2)
Age b ≤ 35 years old (Y/O) 50 (13.1)
> 35 Y/O 320 (83.6)
Attended medical school in Romania c Yes 379 (99.0)
Type of Medical school attended d Private 13 (3.4)
Public 361 (94.3)
Medical school of degree conferral e Carol Davila University of Medicine & Pharmacy 208 (54.3)
Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine & Pharmacy 64 (16.7)
Other 94 (24.5)
Ward rotations completed in medical school Family Medicine Yes 252 (65.8)
No 131 (34.2)
Surgical Yes 308 (80.4)
No 75 (19.6)
OB/GYN Yes 316 (82.5)
No 67 (17.5)
Psychiatry Yes 299 (78.1)
No 84 (21.9)
Pediatrics Yes 342 (89.3)
No 41 (10.7)
Internal Medicine Yes 340 (88.8)
No 43 (11.2)
Geriatrics Yes 120 (31.3)
No 263 (68.7)
Emergency Yes 193 (50.4)
No 190 (49.6)
Other Yes 121 (31.6)
No 262 (68.4)
Training after medical school ** Training at Certificate level   355 (92.7)
Training at Masters level   39 (10.2)
Training at Doctorate level   28 (7.3)
Other levels of training   107 (27.9)
No training   34 (8.9)
Most recent continuing education completed at the time of survey f > 2014   159 (41.5)
2007–2014   76 (19.8)
< 2007   73 (19.1)
Years practicing medicine g ≤ 15 Years 97 (25.3)
16–30 Years 151 (39.4)
> 30 Years 115 (30.0)
City in which the physician’s clinic is located h Bucharest 211 (55.1)
Suçeava 23 (6.0)
Brăila 16 (4.2)
Other 119 (31.1)
Average number of patients seen by the physician in a day i > 40 patients 16 (4.2)
21–40 patients 176 (46.0)
0–20 patients 166 (43.3)
Where the physician’s patients come from? j Urban 270 (70.5)
Rural 46 (12)
Both urban and rural 56 (14.6)
Has the physician heard of autism? k Yes 305 (79.6)
No 72 (18.8)
  Physician’s sources of knowledge about ASD
(n = 305)
Medical School Yes 137 (44.9)
No 168 (55.1)
Continuing Education Yes 166 (54.4)
No 139 (45.6)
Conferences Yes 225 (73.8)
No 80 (26.2)
Primary Literature Yes 205 (67.2)
No 100 (32.8)
Colleagues Yes 168 (55.1)
No 137 (44.9)
Television Yes 145 (47.5)
No 160 (52.5)
Newspaper Yes 75 (24.6)
No 230 (75.4)
Internet Yes 230 (75.4)
No 75 (24.6)
Radio Yes 27 (8.9)
No 278 (91.1)
Other sources l Yes 37 (12.1)
No 253 (83.0)
  1. *Row percentages may not add up to 100% due to missing data; ** It is possible for physicians to have participated in multiple training programs after medical school, as a result, the percentages do not add up to 100%. The number of missing data for the variable with a are 10; for the variable with b are 13; for the variable with c are 4; for the variable with d are 9; for the variable with e are 17; for the variable with f are 75; for the variable with g are 20; for the variable with h are 14; for the variable with i are 25; for the variable with j are 11; for the variable with k are 6; and for the variable with l are 15