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Table 2 Responses to the statements about immigrant patients, by health workers’ group

From: Health workers’ attitudes toward immigrant patients: a cross-sectional survey in primary health care services

  Total Office workers Nurses Doctors P value
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
Some immigrants are aggressive and dangerous
 Disagree 64 (20.0) 17 (14.8) 31 (27.2) 16 (17.6) 0.013
 Do not agree nor disagree 98 (30.6) 30 (26.1) 41 (36.0) 27 (29.7)  
 Agree 158 (49.4) 68 (59.1) 42 (36.8) 48 (52.7)  
Immigrants take advantage of the social benefits that Portugal offers them
 Disagree 102 (31.9) 27 (23.5) 38 (33.3) 37 (40.6) 0.001
 Do not agree nor disagree 111 (34.7) 32 (27.8) 46 (40.4) 33 (36.3)  
 Agree 107 (33.4) 56 (48.7) 30 (26.3) 21 (23.1)  
Immigrant patients are more claiming than the general population
 Disagree 119 (37.2) 35 (30.4) 50 (43.9) 34 (37.3) <0.001
 Do not agree nor disagree 90 (28.1) 23 (20.0) 39 (34.2) 28 (30.8)  
 Agree 111 (34.7) 57 (49.6) 25 (21.9) 29 (31.9)  
Immigrants often dramatise and exaggerate their problems
 Disagree 116 (36.2) 28 (24.3) 56 (49.1) 32 (35.2) <0.001
 Do not agree nor disagree 102 (31.9) 33 (28.7) 37 (32.5) 32 (35.2)  
 Agree 102 (31.9) 54 (47.0) 21 (18.4) 27 (29.6)  
Frequently immigrants do not respect the health services’ rules
 Disagree 128 (40.0) 31 (27.0) 53 (46.5) 44 (48.3) 0.001
 Do not agree nor disagree 80 (25.0) 28 (24.3) 33 (28.9) 19 (20.9)  
 Agree 112 (35.0) 56 (48.7) 28 (24.6) 28 (30.8)  
When immigrants come to my service they behave like victims
 Disagree 194 (60.6) 55 (47.8) 69 (60.5) 70 (76.9) <0.001
 Do not agree nor disagree 67 (21.0) 26 (22.6) 28 (24.6) 13 (14.3)  
 Agree 59 (18.4) 34 (29.6) 17 (14.9) 8.8