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Table 1 Characteristics of survey participants

From: Policymakers’ and other stakeholders’ perceptions of key considerations for health system decisions and the presentation of evidence to inform those considerations: an international survey

  Survey participants, n (%)
Total (completed entire survey) 84 (75.0)
No healthcare professional training or experience working as a healthcare professional 13 (15.5)
Healthcare professional training or experience working as healthcare professional 71 (84.5)
  Physician 61 (85.9)
  Nurse 1 (1.4)
  Other 8 (11.3)
  Missing 1 (1.4)
Years of experience as healthcare professional
  1 – 10 years 22 (31.0)
  11 – 20 years 18 (25.4)
  21 – 30 years 14 (19.7)
  31 – 40 years 14 (19.7)
  40+ years 3 (4.2)
Research training or experience working as a researcher 66 (78.6)
  MSc or equivalent 24 (36.4)
  PhD or equivalent 40 (60.6)
  Other 2 (3.0)
Years of experience as a researcher
  1 – 10 years 30 (45.5)
  11 – 20 years 20 (30.3)
  21 – 30 years 12 (18.2)
  31 – 40 years 3 (4.5)
  40+ years 1 (1.5)
Levels of current and previous work*
  International governmental organization 15 (17.9)
  National government 53 (63.1)
  Regional government 26 (31.0)
  Local government 18 (21.4)
  Public organization 41 (48.8)
  Private organization 16 (19.1)
  Other 19 (22.6)
Types of health system decisions supported
Experience representing the views of stakeholders in policy or management processes 46 (54.8)
Decisions about healthcare policies, reforms or programmes 65 (77.4)
Decisions about implementation of healthcare policies, reforms or programmes 66 (78.6)
Management decisions about health system arrangements 44 (52.4)
Decisions about quality improvement, patient safety or implementation of clinical guidelines 56 (66.7)
Other 5 (6.0)
  1. *These categories were not mutually exclusive and hence the sum is greater than 100%.