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Table 2 Descriptive statistics of community service characteristics

From: Placement, support, and retention of health professionals: national, cross-sectional findings from medical and dental community service officers in South Africa

Characteristics Number Percentage
Socio-demographic characteristics
Gender (n = 674)
  Male 278 41%
  Female 396 59%
Marital status (n = 679)
  Married 232 34%
  Single 447 65%
Race (n = 685)
  Black 160 23%
  Indian 143 21%
  White 319 47%
  Coloured 53 8%
Medical school characteristics
Profession (n = 654)
  Medical doctor 544 79%
  Dental practitioner 110 16%
Tertiary institution (n = 677)
  University of Cape Town 73 11%
  University of the Witwatersrand 84 12%
  University of KwaZulu-Natal 101 15%
  University of Limpopo 55 8%
  University of the Free State 64 9%
  University of Pretoria 101 15%
  University of the Western Cape 64 9%
  Stellenbosch University 101 15%
  Walter Sisulu University 34 5%
Provincial bursary obligation (versus not) (n = 670) 142 21%
Student loans (versus not) (n = 678) 142 35%