Table 2

Characteristics of participants

Characteristics of doctorsWithout OS , n=281 (%)With OS, n=286 (%)Total, n=567(%)
Male241 (85.8)243 (85.0)484 (85.4)
Years of practiceMedian 15.0
IQR 11–24
Median 16.0
IQR 11–24
Median 16.0
IQR 11–24
Workplace
 Hospitals (public and private)131 (46.6)165 (57.7)296 (52.2)
 Clinics97 (34.5)80 (28.0)177 (31.2)
 University hospitals46 (16.4)40 (14.0)86 (15.2)
 Nursing homes2 (0.7)0 (0)2 (0.4)
 Others5 (1.8)1 (0.3)6 (1.1)
Certification/degree*
 Primary care physician216 (76.9)218 (76.2)434 (76.5)
 PhD88 (31.3)93 (32.5)181 (31.9)
 Other certification167 (59.4)180 (62.9)347 (61.2)
Clinical background*
 Internal medicine123 (43.8)135 (47.2)258 (45.5)
 Surgery26 (9.3)26 (9.1)52 (9.2)
 Emergency medicine15 (5.3)14 (4.9)29 (5.1)
 Paediatrics6 (2.1)5 (1.7)11 (1.9)
 Others21 (7.5)22 (7.7)43 (7.6)
Source of information*
 Brochures/lectures sponsored by pharmaceutical companies153 (54.4)165 (57.7)318 (56.1)
 Journal club81 (28.8)83 (29.0)164 (28.9)
 Searching evidence/medical journals187 (66.5)193 (67.5)380 (67.0)
 Secondary information191 (68.0)199 (69.6)390 (68.8)
 Others21 (7.5)9 (3.1)30 (5.3)
Ever attended an EBM workshop181 (64.4)186 (65.0)367 (64.7)
Experience of PI94 (33.5)106 (37.1)200 (35.3)
The first section to read when studying abstracts
 Background108 (38.4)105 (36.7)213 (37.6)
 Methods24 (8.5)25 (8.7)49 (8.6)
 Results35 (12.5)30 (10.5)65 (11.5)
 Conclusion114 (40.6)126 (44.1)240 (42.3)
The number of abstract read in the last month
 022 (7.8)26 (9.1)48 (8.5)
 123 (8.2)31 (10.8)54 (9.5)
 2–4107 (38.1)117 (40.9)224 (39.5)
 Five or more129 (45.9)112 (39.2)241 (42.5)
  • Clinical background data were available with participants who have subspecialty certifications.

  • *Multiple answers allowed.

  • EBM, evidence-based medicine; OS, overstatement; PI, principle investigator.