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Table 2 Demographic characteristics, and comparison to past surveys

From: Meaning and challenges in the practice of multiple therapeutic massage modalities: a combined methods study

Question Category This Survey NHPC [6] CMTO[5] AMTA [15] X 2 (df), significance
Practitioner gender (%) Male 8.3 14.1 17 15 3.562 (3), p < 0.313
  Female 91.7 85.9 83 85  
Years in practice (mean years)   8.3 (s.d. 6.2) (range: 0 to 37 yrs) NP* 5.5 7 0.566 (2), p = 0.753
Mean Hours Worked with client (mean hours)   20.5 (sd: 11.6, range 2 to 80) 18.2 18.9 20 0.168 (3) p = 0.983
Top three work settings: Total/Primary** (%) Private clinic 44.0/32.2 41.8/NP* 46/NP* NC* 3.59(4), p = 0.464
  Home clinic 34.3/29.7 42.2/NP* 25/NP* NC*  
  Outcalls 29.7/8.6 32.1/NP* 29/NP* NC*  
Municipality size (%) Rural/small town settings (under 50,000) 38.8 NC* NP* NP*  
  Small cities (50,000 to 100,000) 15.3 NC* NP* NP*  
  Cities over 100,000 population 45.8 49.6 NP* NP* z test of proportions: z = 1.383; p = 0.168
Return rate (%)   15.1 39.4*** 18.2 NP* 14.437 (2); p < 0.001
  1. * NP = information not published; NC = information was published, but the categories were not compatible. ** "Total" is based on all places of work per practitioner, "primary" is a reduction to their single place of the most work. ***included follow-up phone calls to increase participation.