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Table 3 Characteristics of the salespersons attending the sampled drug shops

From: Exploring the status of retail private drug shops in Bangladesh and action points for developing an accredited drug shop model: a facility based cross-sectional study

  Rural Urban All
  (n = 90) (n = 21) (N = 111)
Salesperson and owner is the same person 76 81 76
Educational status of the salespersons
  ≤ 10 yrs. of schooling 4 4
 10 completed years of schooling (SSC) 27 38 29
 12 completed years of schooling (HSC) 32 38 33
 Graduate 37 24 34
Involvement in any other occupation
 Farming 48 20 43
 Self-employment 15 40 19
 Othersa 37 40 38
Pharmacy training status of the salespersons
 Have formal training 49 62 51
 No formal/some ad-hoc training 51 38 49
Of those who have formal training, (n = 44) (n = 13) (n = 57)
 Category B pharmacist training (one year Diploma in pharmacy) 7 8 7
 Category C pharmacist training (three months Certificate course in dispensing/pharmacy) 93 92 93
Of those who have some ad-hoc training, training is provided by_ (n = 46) (n = 8) (n = 54)
 Government organization 36 31
 Private organization 29 25
 Pharmaceutical companies 28 100 38
 NGOs 7 6
Of those receiving no training of any type, mode of informal learning (multiple responses) (n = 32) (n = 6) (n = 38)
 Fellow drug seller in other store(s) 44 33 42
 MBBS doctor in the drug shop or pharmacya 9 17 10
 Pharmacist 3 3
 Village doctor 16 17 16
 Relatives 22 18
 LMAF course 3 3
 Pharmaceutical company 3 33 8
  1. N all observations, n observation subset, — not applicable, SSC Secondary School Certificate, HSC Higher Secondary Certificate
  2. anursery, fishery, business, or student