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Table 1 Description of study sample by socio-demographics characteristics and frequency of using internet resources

From: Anxiety among dental professionals and its association with their dependency on social media for health information: insights from the COVID-19 pandemic

Variable   N (%)
Age  =  < 30 years 140 (35.4)
31–40 years 134 (33.8)
 > 40 years 122 (30.8)
Sex Males 120 (29.9)
Females 282 (70.1)
Clinical experience 1–5 years 131 (32.9)
6–15 years 132 (33.2)
 > 15 years 135 (34.0)
Professional category Dentist 245 (60.8)
Dental specialist 123 (30.5)
Dental auxiliarya 34 (8.4)
Qualification level Undergraduate 218 (54.1)
Postgraduate 183 (45.4)
Practice sector Private clinic 179 (44.4)
Government clinic 86 (21.3)
University teaching clinic 96 (23.8)
Combined 36 (8.9)
Jurisdiction region Middle East 370 (91.8)
Non-Middle East 29 (7.2)
Dental specialty Periodontics 14 (9.3)
Prosthodontics 25 (16.6)
Restorative dentistry 11 (7.3)
Endodontics 26 (17.2)
Oral and oral and maxillofacial surgery 17 (11.3)
Orthodontics 29 (19.2)
Pediatric dentistry 28 (18.5)
Others 1 (0.7)
Frequency of using social media Frequently 274 (68.0)
Infrequently 129 (32.0)
Frequency of visiting official public health websitesb Frequently 316 (79.0%)
Infrequently 84 (21.0%)
Frequency of reading scientific journals Frequently 177 (44.7%)
Infrequently 219 (55.3%)
  1. aIncludes dental interns, dental hygienists, dental nurses and dental technicians
  2. bWorld Health Organization, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, national health jurisdictions