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Table 1 Computer ownership, knowledge and exposure to training of students

From: Computer literacy among first year medical students in a developing country: A cross sectional study

  Number (percentage)
  All(n = 181) Males (n = 90) Females (n = 91) p*
Ownership of a computer     NS
  Desktop computer only 113 (62.4%) 52 (77.6%) 61 (83.6%) NS
  Laptop computer only 11 (6.1%) 7 (10.4%) 4 (5.5%) NS
  Both 16 (8.8%) 8 (11.9%) 8 (11.0%) NS
Computer knowledge gained by,     
  Formal training programme 116 (64.1%) 54 (60.0%) 62 (68.1%) NS
  Self learning 114 (63.0%) 61 (67.8%) 53 (58.2%) NS
  Peer learning 89 (49.2%) 56 (62.2%) 33 (36.3%) <0.001
Formal training on,     
Computer hardware 41 (22.7%) 22 (24.4%) 19 (20.9%) NS
Computer programming 40 (22.1%) 20 (22.2%) 20 (22.0%) NS
Computer applications 108 (59.7%) 51 (56.7%) 57 (62.6%) NS
Web designing and graphics 32 (17.7%) 16 (17.8%) 16 (17.6%) NS
IT education at School level,     
  Subject in GCE (O/L) 4 (2.2%) 3 (3.3%) 1(1.1%) NS
  Subject in GCE (A/L) 69 (38.1%) 32 (35.6%) 37 (40.7%) NS
  1. * p values for Males vs. Females, NS – Not Significant, GCE – General Certificate of Education, O/L – Ordinary Level, A/L – Advanced Level.