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Table 5 Scale of "general intercultural 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 61.3 (20.2)   61.5  
   Hospital doctors 59.9 (18.8)   60.6  
   Medical students 44.2 (19.3)   46.4  
Sex   0.012   < 0.001
   Women 59.0 (20.6)   59.0  
   Men 54.9 (20.2)   53.4  
Age group   < 0.001   NS
   ≤ 24 years 42.7 (19.0) (linear trend)   
   25-44 years 56.5 (19.9)    
   45-64 years 60.8 (19.6)    
   ≥ 65 years 66.4 (21.6)    
Nationality   0.082   NS
   Swiss 56.2 (20.3)    
   Other 60.4 (21.2)    
Work experience in foreign country   < 0.001   < 0.001
   Yes 62.4 (19.2)   59.4  
   No 52.7 (20.0)   53.0  
Percentage of immigrant patients   0.007   0.016
   0-10% 53.9 (18.6) (linear trend) 54.1 (linear trend)
   11-30% 56.7 (20.7)   55.5  
   31-100% 59.9 (20.7)   59.0  
Interest in caring for immigrant patients   0.14   NS
   Absent 58.9 (23.5) (linear trend)   
   Weak 53.7 (20.6)    
   Moderate 55.4 (19.0)    
   High 58.1 (20.0)    
   Very high 59.6 (24.4)    
Difficulties in communicating with immigrant patients   0.14   NS
   All cases or almost 57.0 (26.4) (linear trend)   
   Majority of cases 53.9 (21.7)    
   About half the cases 55.4 (20.4)    
   Minority of cases 57.7 (19.5)    
   Almost never 58.3 (20.9)    
Training in cultural competence   0.20   NS
   Yes 58.3 (19.0)    
   No 55.9 (21.2)