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Table 2 Background characteristics of respondents

From: Factors affecting motivation and retention of primary health care workers in three disparate regions in Kenya

Characteristic Category Nairobi (n = 171) % Machakos (n = 135) % Turkana (n = 98) % Total (n = 404) %
Sex Male 38.0 27.4 69.4 42.1
  Female 62.0 72.6% 30.6 57.9
Age ≤35 years 62.7 68.1 72.4 66.9
  >35 years 37.3 31.9 27.6 33.1
Education Post secondaryeducation 90.6 90.3 56.6 80.2
Marital status Married 67.3 58.2 73.5 65.8
  Unmarried 32.7 41.8 26.5 34.2
  Farming 12.1 27.5 1.0 14.5
Alternative sources of income Business 10.9 12.2 20.6 13.7
  Consultation1 1.8 0.0 0 0.8
  Part-time job2 0.0 3.1 13.4 4.3
  Other3 75.2 57.3 64.9 66.7
  1. 1Consultation here refers to provision of health services, advice, or consultancy for a fee and for a specified short duration of time.
  2. 2Part-time job means working some of the time during the day, week, or month; usually an agreement or contract is signed.
  3. 3The ‘other’ category comprises a large percentage, possibly because of the diverse activities that the many support staff in this study are involved in.