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Table 6 Druze women’s gender preference for obstetricians/gynecologists by perceived physician characteristics

From: Israeli Druze women’s sex preferences when choosing obstetricians and gynecologists

  Female n , (%) No preference n , (%) Male n (%)
Feeling during pelvic examination    
  More embarrassment 7 (3.8) 94 (50.8) 84 (45.4)
  More comfortable 136 (69.7) 55 (28.2) 4 (2.1)
  More gentle 111 (56.6) 77 (39.3) 8 (4.1)
Physician’s characteristics    
  More sympathetic 71 (37.2) 106 (55.5) 14 (7.3)
  More patient 59 (30.6) 108 (56) 26 (13.5)
Spends more time with patient 67 (34.7) 114 (59.1) 12 (6.2)
Physician’s professionalism    
  More understanding in women’s health 55 (28.2) 133 (68.2) 7 (3.6)
  More knowledgeable in women’s health 47 (24.1) 134 (68.7) 14 (7.2)
  Better physician in general 41 (21.2) 139 (72) 13 (6.7)
  1. p < 0.001 for More embarrassment during pelvic examination with male Ob/Gyn vs. More sympathetic, More patient and Spends more time with patient, More understanding in women’s health, More knowledgeable in women's health and Better physician in general, as a reasons for female Ob/Gyn preference.