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Table 4 Scale of "intercultural communication skills": mean scores across subgroups

From: Self-assessment of intercultural communication skills: a survey of physicians and medical students in Geneva, Switzerland

  Univariate comparisons Mean adjusted for all variables in model
  Mean (SD) P value Mean  
Status:   < 0.001   < 0.001
   Doctors in private practice 55.0 (20.1)   50.8  
   Hospital doctors 51.4 (18.2)   48.5  
   Medical students 45.1 (16.1)   40.3  
Sex   0.64   NS
   Women 50.6 (19.0)    
   Men 51.3 (18.3)    
Age group   < 0.001   NS
   ≤ 24 years 43.1 (15.1) (linear trend)   
   25-44 years 50.1 (18.3)    
   45-64 years 54.8 (19.7)    
   ≥ 65 years 56.0 (17.0)    
Nationality   0.26   NS
   Swiss 50.6 (18.7)    
   Other 53.1 (18.0)    
Work experience in foreign country   0.002   NS
   Yes 53.9 (18.6)    
   No 49.1 (18.4)    
Percentage of immigrant patients   0.036   NS
   0-10% 49.3 (19.0) (linear trend)   
   11-30% 50.6 (18.0)    
   31-100% 53.5 (19.0)    
Interest in caring for immigrant patients   < 0.001   0.025
   Absent 42.0 (23.2) (linear trend) 37.9 (linear trend)
   Weak 47.0 (19.7)   42.6  
   Moderate 48.3 (17.7)   45.5  
   High 53.5 (17.5)   51.6  
   Very high 57.8 (20.9)   55.3  
Difficulties in communicating with immigrant patients   < 0.001   0.017
   All cases or almost 41.4 (21.4) (linear trend) 40.0 (linear trend)
   Majority of cases 46.0 (17.4)   44.7  
   About half the cases 49.8 (17.7)   48.0  
   Minority of cases 50.0 (18.5)   47.1  
   Almost never 56.3 (18.8)   53.0  
Training in cultural competence   0.003   NS
   Yes 54.3 (18.1)    
   No 49.5 (18.6)