Table 1

Main characteristics and SATS scores of participants and P values of univariable analysis (n=539)
Characteristic Number of patients (%) SATS score P value*
M SD
Age (years)
 <26.5 344(63.8) 4.53 0.68 <0.001
 ≥26.5 195(36.2) 4.20 0.62
Sex
 Male 308(57.1) 4.42 0.69 0.79
 Female 231(42.9) 4.41 0.66
Year of medical training
 Five years 398(73.8) 4.46 0.64 <0.001
 Four years 90(16.7) 4.45 0.65
 Three years 51(9.5) 4.01 0.77
Level of statistical education
 None 50(9.3) 3.97 0.63 <0.001
 A little 262(48.6) 4.31 0.67
 Systematic§ 227(42.1) 4.63 0.63
Specialty
 Clinical, nonacademic 277(51.4) 4.45 0.68 <0.001
 Clinical, academic 148(27.5) 4.20 0.65
 Research, academic 84(15.6) 4.56 0.61
 Nonmedical or other‡ 30(5.6) 4.71 0.70
Research experience
 None 353(65.5) 4.32 0.66 <0.001
 A little 179(33.2) 4.58 0.67
 Experienced 7(1.3) 4.82 0.62
Mathematics basis
 Very poor 18(3.3) 3.46 0.45 <0.001
 Poor 92(17.1) 4.02 0.62
 Neutral 293(54.4) 4.40 0.59
 Good 128(23.7) 4.81 0.63
 Very good 8(1.5) 5.21 0.39
Computer basis
 Very poor 5(0.9) 4.54 0.68 <0.001
 Poor 83(15.4) 4.18 0.69
 Neutral 344(63.8) 4.37 0.65
 Good 101(18.7) 4.71 0.68
 Very good 6(1.1) 4.77 0.56

* P value of one-way ANOVA or t test.

§ Statistics has been taught as a course at the undergraduate level.

‡ Medicine or biology-related specialty, such as health management, medical electronic engineering, etc.

Zhang et al.

Zhang et al. BMC Medical Education 2012 12:117   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-12-117

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