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Table 5 Predictors of RME-E score of first year and final year medical students of Jimma University; Ethiopia, 2011

From: Comparative cross-sectional study of empathy among first year and final year medical students in Jimma University, Ethiopia: Steady state of the heart and opening of the eyes

Variables β Std. Error 95% Confidence Interval for β
Lower Bound Upper Bound
Number of brothers and sisters −0.43 0.12 −0.65 −0.20
Religion (Reference = Muslim)
Christian −0.54 0.78 −2.08 1.00
Other −0.80 2.73 −6.19 4.59
Sex (Reference = female)
Male −2.51 0.94 −4.37 −0.66
Year of study (Reference = first)
Second year 2.66 0.74 1.20 4.13
Migration history (reference = yes)
No 2.83 1.81 −0.75 6.40
Grown up with (Reference = Mother)
Father 0.45 2.13 −3.76 4.65
Both 1.32 1.20 −1.05 3.69
Other 0.03 1.69 −3.30 3.36
Position in the family (Reference = Eldest)
Sandwich 0.44 0.72 −0.98 1.85
Youngest −1.13 0.91 −2.93 0.68
Major life event (reference = No)
Yes 0.41 0.73 −1.02 1.84
Mothers job (reference = working)
Housewife −0.80 0.68 −2.14 0.53
Out of work 3.17 1.51 0.19 6.15
Fathers job (reference = working)
Houseman −0.04 1.28 −2.56 2.48
Out of work −1.19 1.90 −4.94 2.56
Religion active member (reference = No)
Yes −0.79 0.67 −2.10 0.53
Use of social media like facebook (reference = No)
Yes 1.93 0.78 0.40 3.46
Daily internet use (reference = no internet)
Less than 1 h −0.58 0.88 −2.31 1.15
more than 1 h −0.33 1.25 −2.79 2.13
Interested in (reference = less interpersonal contact)
in patient care −0.46 0.75 −1.95 1.02
No idea −1.68 0.99 −3.63 0.27
History of psychiatric treatment (reference = No)
Yes −2.16 1.18 −4.48 0.16
R2 = 0.33