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Table 1 Categorical variables showing the sociodemographic characteristics of 143 nurses working in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon assessed for depression from January – June 2018

From: Burnout as a predictor of depression: a cross-sectional study of the sociodemographic and clinical predictors of depression amongst nurses in Cameroon

Variable Total
N %
Hospital (n = 132) State-owned 90 68.18
Private sector 42 31.82
Gender (n = 143) Male 47 32.87
Female 96 67.13
Marital status (n = 142) Single 73 51.41
Married 69 48.59
Personal relationship (n = 127) a Yes 78 61.42
No 49 38.58
Difficulties in personal relationship (n = 118) Yes 26 22.03
No 92 77.97
Majority of shifts (n = 129) Day 99 76.74
Night 30 23.26
Regret career choice (n = 136) Yes 23 16.91
No 113 83.09
Occurrence of life changing crises in last 6 months (n = 139) b Yes 57 41.01
No 82 58.99
Presence of chronic illness (n = 140) c Yes 17 12.14
No 123 87.86
Alcohol consumption (n = 141) Yes 71 50.35
No 70 49.65
Recreational drug use (n = 142) d Yes 7 4.93
No 135 95.07
Sufficient monthly income (n = 133) Yes 13 9.77
No 120 90.23
  1. aPersonal relationship was defined as close connections between two people formed by emotional and sexual interactions; bLife changing crises defined as loss of a loved one, physical or sexual trauma and conditions of emotional or social instability cChronic illnesses included: Asthma, chronic pelvic pain, diabetes mellitus, gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic peptic ulcer disease, migraines, cerebral lesions and paralysis; drecreational drugs included: marijuana and tramadol