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Table 1 Demographics and personal data, ECT preferences, and experience

From: Knowledge of and attitudes towards electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) among psychiatrists and family physicians in Saudi Arabia

Item Mean or N (SD or %) P value
Psychiatrists N = 86 (68%) Family physicians N = 40 (32%) All N = 126 (100%)
Age (mean, SD) 34.45 (7.16) 35.20 (7.01) 34.69 (7.09) 0.582
Gender
 Male 62 (72.1%) 27 (30.3%) 89 (70.6%) 0.598
 Female 24 (27.9%) 13 (35.1%) 37 (29.4%)
Education
 Resident 31 (36%) 9 (22.5%) 40 (31.8%) 0.217
 Specialist (registrar) 19 (22%) 8 (20%) 27 (21.4%)
 Consultant 36 (42%) 23 (57.5%) 59 (46.8)
Saudi 80 (93%) 40 (100%) 120 (95.2%) 0.087
Non-Saudi 6 (7%) 0 (0.0%) 6 (4.8%)
Current work country
 Inside KSA 76 (88.4%) 40 (100%) 116 (92.1%) 0.025
 Outside KSA 10 (11.6%) 0 (0.0%) 10 (7.9%)
Region
 Riyadh 60 (70%) 24 (60%) 84 (66.7%) 0.279
 Outside Riyadh 26 (30%) 16 (40%) 42 (33.3%)
Place of work
 University 23 (27%) 7 (17.5%) 30 (24%) 0.0001
 General hospital 31 (36.5%) 16 (40%) 37 (29.6%)
 Psychiatric hospital 31 (36.5%) 0 (0%) 31 (24.8%)
 Primary care center 0 (0.0%) 17 (42.5%) 17 (13.6%)
My knowledge about ECT
 Minimal 13 (15%) 30 (75%) 43 (34.1%) 0.0001
 Medium 48 (56%) 8 (20%) 56 (44.5%)
 High level 25 (29%) 2 (5%) 27 (21.4%)
Have you ever worked in an ECT-utilizing department?
 Yes 73 (85%) 6 (15%) 79 (62.7%) 0.0001
 No 13 (15%) 34 (85%) 47 (37.3%)
Have you ever referred patients to ECT?
 Yes 66 (76.7%) 2 (5%) 68 (54%) 0.0001
 No 20 (23.3%) 38 (95%) 58 (46%)
Is there any ECT-treated person in your family or among your acquaintances?
 Yes 6 (7%) 2 (5%) 8 (6.3%) 0.67
 No 80 (93%) 38 (95%) 118 (93.7%)
Do you have a psychiatric illness in your family or in your acquaintances?
 Yes 35 (40.7%) 12 (30%) 47(37.3%) 0.25
 No 51 (59.3%) 28 (70%) 79 (62.7%)
I would consent to receive ECT in case I was in a psychotic depressive condition
 Yes 72 (83.7%) 23 (57.5%) 95 (75.4%) 0.001
 No 14 (16.3%) 17 (42.5%) 31 (24.6%)