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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics

From: Do women prefer a female breast surgeon?

Mean ± SD, or N (%) Total participants N = 500 Prefer female breast surgeon N = 141 Prefer male breast surgeon N = 54 No preference N = 305 P
Age (years) 50.6 ± 15.4 46.4 ± 14.2 52.2 ± 15.5 0.0001
Indications:     NS
 Routine examination 217 (46 %) 61 (28.1 %) 156 (71.9 %)  
 Previous surgery 76 (16.1 %) 19 (25 %) 57 (75 %)  
 Mastitis 11 (2.3 %) 4 (36.4 %) 7 (63.6 %)  
 Prior to fertility treatments 17 (3.6 %) 3 (17.6 %) 14 (82.4 %)  
 Family history of breast cancer 35 (7.4 %) 14 (40 %) 21 (60 %)  
 Pathological biopsy or imaging 54 (11.4 %) 10 (18.5 %) 44 (81.5 %)  
 Other indications 62 (13.1 %) 18 (29 %) 44 (71 %)  
Religion:     NS
 Jewish 429 (87.7 %) 119 (27.7 %) 310 (72.3 %)  
 Christian 24 (4.9 %) 5 (20.8 %) 19 (79.2 %)  
 Muslim 25 (5.1 %) 11 (44 %) 14 (56 %)  
 Other 11 (2.2 %) 3 (27.3 %) 8 (72.7 %)  
Religious status:     NS
 Secular 267 (56.3 %) 65 (24.3 %) 202 (75.7 %)  
 Religious 150 (31.6 %) 41 (27.3 %) 109 (72.7 %)  
 Extremely religious 57 (12 %) 21 (36.8 %) 36 (63.2 %)  
Marital status:     0.016
 Non- married 148 (30 %) 30 (20.3 %) 118 (79.7 %)  
 Married 346 (70 %) 108 (31.2 %) 238 (68.8 %)  
Education:     NS
 Primary school 41 (8.5 %) 6 (14.6 %) 35 (85.4 %)  
 High school 125 (26 %) 36 (28.8 %) 89 (71.2 %)  
 College 86 (17.9 %) 31 (36 %) 55 (64 %)  
 University 228 (47.5 %) 62 (27.2 %) 166 (72.8 %)  
Gender of the regular surgeon     0.0001
 Male 320 (64 %) 60 (18.8 %) 260 (81.3 %)  
 Female 110 (22 %) 58 (52.7 %) 52 (47.3 %)  
Gender of the gynecologist     0.009
 Male 246 (49.2 %) 56 (22.8 %) 190 (77.2 %)  
 Female 215 (43 %) 73 (34 %) 142 (66 %)  
Gender of the family physician     0.025
 Male 205 (41 %) 46 (22.4 %) 159 (77.6 %)  
 Female 283 (56.6 %) 90 (31.8 %) 193 (68.2 %)