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Table 5 Attitude of primary doctors to reporting of communicable disease in Taiwan, 2006

From: Private doctors' practices, knowledge, and attitude to reporting of communicable diseases: a national survey in Taiwan

Questions Total subjects (n = 1093) Among subjects with diagnosis experiences of reportable diseases (n = 406)
  Numbers (%) of the agreed Numbers (%) of the agreed among subjects who did report (n = 340) Numbers (%) of the agreed among subjects who did not report (n = 66) p value*
a. If you know the disease is reportable and there is a easy and convenient method to report, you are willing to report 1088 (99.5) 339 (99.5) 66 (100.0) 0.66
b. Reporting communicable diseases is one of the public health responsibilities of a doctor 1084 (99.2) 337 (99.1) 66 (100.0) 0.44
c. It would be helpful to the safety of your practice if communicable disease reporting could be comprehensively completed by every doctor. 1065 (97.4) 332 (97.6) 63 (95.5) 0.32
d. Reporting communicable diseases has been an important emphasis in your previous medical training 989 (90.5) 318 (93.5) 54 (81.8) 0.00
e. A patient is less likely to be reported if his or her diagnosis is difficulty to be confirmed. 946 (86.6) 282 (82.9) 63 (95.5) 0.01
f. Failing to report suspected cases is against the law. 903 (82.6) 281 (82.6) 48 (72.7) 0.06
g. If you are too busy to report, you would ask the nurse in the clinic to assist you in reporting. 895 (81.9) 292 (85.9) 44 (66.7) 0.00
h. A good reward system will increase your willingness to report 870 (79.6) 261 (76.8) 59 (89.4) 0.02
i. Most local medical doctors respect the importance of reporting communicable diseases 833 (76.2) 257 (75.6) 36 (54.5) 0.00
j. You are less likely to report if the disease is less severe 659 (60.3) 184 (54.1) 53 (80.3) 0.00
k. Penalty for not reporting will increase your willingness to report 618 (56.5) 186 (54.7) 47 (71.2) 0.01
l. Reporting communicable diseases without the consent of patients will violate their privacy 436 (39.9) 151 (44.4) 40 (60.6) 0.02
m. You are usually too busy to report communicable diseases. 253 (23.1) 77 (22.6)a 28 (42.4) 0.00
n. Reporting communicable diseases is time consuming and should not be done by hasty doctors 245 (22.4) 71 (20.9) 28 (42.4) 0.00
  1. *x 2 test between reporting and non-reporting doctors.