Table 1

Initial confidence in patient communication skills broken down by demographic factors
Factor Group N Mean(std dev) F statistic p value
Gender Male 153 1.38 (1.88) .598 p = .44
Female 116 1.21 (1.75)
Age 20-25 136 0.97 (1.50) 4.934 p = .008
26-35 106 1.63 (1.95)
36+ 27 1.78 (2.43)
Experience None at all 48 1.19 (2.00) 3.626 p = .003
63 0.71 (1.19)
56 1.11 (1.83)
54 1.71 (1.90)
25 2.10 (2.14)
Extensive 23 1.90 (1.77)
Qualification Possess degree upon entry 153 1.53 (1.93) 5.16 p = .024
No degree upon entry 116 1.02 (1.64)

Post-hoc comparisons by Age using Bonferroni revealed a significant difference (p = .017) between the 20–25 and 26–35 age groups. Post-hoc comparison by Experience using Bonferroni revealed a significant difference between level 2 and level 4 (p = .044) and level 5 (p = .016).

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Hecimovich and Volet BMC Medical Education 2012 12:42   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-12-42

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