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Table 1 Characteristics of participants, pre-engagement questionnaire (N = 1813)

From: Evaluating the effectiveness of an evidence-based online training program for health professionals in eating disorders

  n %
Gender
 Female 1637 90.29
 Male 176 9.71
Residential location
 NSW 883 48.70
 VIC 672 37.07
 ACT 32 1.77
 WA 19 1.05
 NT 22 1.21
 QLD 57 3.14
 TAS 7 0.39
 New Zealand 23 1.27
 Other 98 5.41
Employment setting
 Private practice 283 15.61
 ED treatment service 135 7.45
 Community health centre 134 7.39
 Community mental health centre 421 23.22
 Hospital setting medical 212 11.69
 Hospital setting psychiatric 278 15.33
 Headspace 73 4.03
 General practitioner (GP) clinic 26 1.43
 Education/Teaching environment 70 3.86
 Not currently employed 36 1.99
 Other 145 8.00
Professional discipline
 Physician 12 0.66
 Nurse 394 21.73
 GP 38 2.10
 Social worker 199 10.98
 Psychiatrist 58 3.20
 Psychologist 538 29.67
 Dietician 279 15.39
 Occupational therapist 83 4.58
 School counsellor 14 0.77
 Other 198 10.92
Length of practice
 < 2 years 577 31.83
 3–5 years 412 22.72
 6–10 years 333 18.37
 11–15 years 173 9.54
 16–20 years 125 6.89
 20–30 years 125 6.89
 > 30 years 67 3.70
Employment area
 Metropolitan 951 52.45
 Regional 535 29.51
 Rural 269 14.84
 Not currently employed 58 3.20
EDs seen in practice
 AN 1387 76.50
 BN 1068 58.90
 BED 933 51.46
 EDNOS 960 52.95
 No ED patients 222 12.24
Inability to treat EDs
 Never 258 14.24
 Rarely 404 22.30
 Sometimes 844 46.58
 Often 249 13.74
 Always 57 3.15
Hours of training in ED screening and assessment
 0–5 1129 62.31
 6–10 330 18.21
 11–15 126 6.95
 15–20 90 4.97
 20–30 50 2.76
 30+ 87 4.80
Hours of training in ED intervention
 0–5 1177 64.96
 6–10 297 16.39
 11–15 110 6.07
 15–20 69 3.81
 20–30 51 2.81
 30+ 108 5.96
  1. Notes: 1813 health professionals registered for The Essentials program from 1 October 2013 to 31 July 2018