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Table 3 Descriptive statistics of community service training

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
Community service training characteristics
Placement (n = 677)
  Urban 305 45%
  Rural 372 55%
Level of facility (n = 672)
  Specialized hospital 12 3%
  Central/Tertiary hospital 72 18%
  Regional hospital 104 26%
  District hospital 156 39%
  Military hospital/Sick bay 16 4%
  Community health centre/Clinic 40 10%
Province (n = 682)   
  Eastern Cape 72 18%
  Free State 12 3%
  Gauteng 44 11%
  KwaZulu-Natal 96 24%
  Mpumalanga 28 7%
  Northern Cape 40 10%
  Limpopo 20 5%
  North West 8 2%
  Western Cape 81 20%
Allocation choice (n = 672)   
  First choice 368 55%
  Second to fifth choice 187 28%
  Sixth to ninth choice 71 11%
  Tenth choice 46 7%