Table 3

Demographic characteristics for physicians’ group at baseline and for patient groups at baseline and follow-up
Time Intervention departments Control departments Test for difference
Physicians Age in years (M,SD) T1 39.11; 7.6 40.65; 10.7 (t = -0.49; df = 33); n.s.
Organizational tenure in years (M, SD) T1 7.42; 4.68 8.14; 8.37 (t = -0.33; df = 35); n.s.
Gender, male (N,%) T1 16 (84.2) 10 (52.6) (Chi2= 4.39; df = 1); p = .04*
Position (%) (1) T1 6 (31.6) 4 (23.5) (Chi2 = 0.99; df = 1); n.s.
(2) T1 7 (36.8) 5 (29.4)
(3) T1 6 (31.6) 8 (47.1)
Inpatients Age in years (M, SD) T1 57.56; 17.23 63.71; 15.98 (F = 2.52; df = 697); n.s.
T2 58.37; 17.82 64.24; 16.96 (F = 1.35; df = 890); n.s.
Length of hospital stay in days (M, SD) T1 7.44; 7.90 6.86; 5.92 (F = 0.06; df = 649); n.s.
T2 6.48; 7.21 6.41; 5.79 (F = 0.05; df = 851); n.s.
Gender, male (N,%) T1 194 (46.85) 169 (58.48) (Chi2= 8.73; df = 1); p < .01
T2 282 (46.53) 137 (48.92) (Chi2 = 0.06; df = 1); n.s.

Note: T1 baseline, T2 follow-up; Physicians T1: N = 38; Patients T1 N = 742 and T2 N = 917; M Mean, SD Standard Deviation, p Significance level; Coding of Position: (1) Department Head & Senior Physicians, (2) Specialists, (3) Assistant Physician (entry level).

Weigl et al.

Weigl et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:401   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-401

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