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Table 2 Associations of subject characteristics with course completion.

From: Randomized controlled trial comparing four strategies for delivering e-curriculum to health care professionals [ISRCTN88148532]

Characteristic Non-Completion Completion P Value
N 487 780  
Age (mean ± SD) 37.4 ± 12.8 42.2 ± 12.6 <.001*
Gender    
Male 143 (44.5) 178 (55.5) .011†
Female 344 (36.4) 602 (63.6)  
Profession    <.001†,‡
MD 140 (37.5) 233 (62.5)  
RD 38 (25.3) 112 (74.7)  
RN 86 (29.1) 210 (70.9)  
Pharm 14 (24.1) 44 (75.9)  
Student 209 (53.6) 181 (46.4)  
Delivery Strategy    
Push 235 (36.9) 401 (63.1) .27†
Pull 252 (39.9) 379 (60.1)  
Drip 228 (35.8) 408 (64.2) .065†
Bolus 259 (41.0) 372 (59.0)  
Practice status    
Faculty/In practice 212 (29.2) 514 (70.8) <.001†
Trainee 275 (50.8) 266 (49.2)  
Seen Patients Last 30 days at baseline    
Yes 305 (35.8) 547 (64.2) .007†
No 182 (43.9) 233 (56.1)  
Paid CE Fee    
Yes 133 (22.7) 454 (77.3) <.001†
No 354 (52.1) 326 (47.9)  
Herb Use, baseline 5.2 ± 6.9 5.7 ± 5.9 .002 ∏
Self rank on computer knowledge $ 4.53 ± 1.12 4.28 ± 1.16 <.001*
Baseline Scores    
Knowledge, % correct 64.0 ± 10.5 66.9 ± 10.5 <.001*
Confidence Scale Score 50.6 ± 18.4 53.6 ± 18.0 .005*
  N = 462 N = 738  
Communications 2.1 ± 1.8 2.2 ± 2.0 .75 ∏
Practices Scale Score N = 305 N = 546  
  1. * Determined by t test.
  2. † Determined by Chi square test with continuity correction for 2 × 2 tables.
  3. ‡ Student completion rate less than each of the other four groups in pairwise comparisons, all P <.001; physicians/physician assistants less than nutritionists (P = .01) and nurses/nurse practitioners (P = .026); physician versus pharmacists P = .067.
  4. ∏ Determined by Mann Whitney U test.
  5. $ On this self-report scale, 1 = Novice and 7 = Trainer/Specialist.