Skip to main content

Table 3 Self-Rated Confidence Versus Adequacy of Previous Training in Handling Various Physician-Patient Communication Scenarios of New Faculty Beginning Communication Curriculum

From: Views of new internal medicine faculty of their preparedness and competence in physician-patient communication

Physician-patient communication scenario Score, average ± SD* Matched pairs mean difference confidence vs adequacy of previous training (95% CI) P value Percent variability of C explained by A P value
Demanding patient      
   C 6.9 ± 1.8 1.7 (1.2–2.2) <.001 42 <.001
   A 5.2 ± 2.5     
Overweight patient      
   C 6.7 ± 1.9 1.9 (1.2–2.5) <.001 23 <.001
   A 4.8 ± 2.3     
Cancer patient      
   C 7.6 ± 1.8 1.4 (0.7–2.0) <.001 17 .006
   A 6.1 ± 2.4     
Hostile spouse      
   C 6.7 ± 1.7 2.2 (1.6–2.8) <.001 20 <.001
   A 4.5 ± 2.4     
Somatoform patient      
   C 6.7 ± 1.8 1.7 (1.1–2.3) <.001 24 <.001
   A 5.0 ± 2.5     
Chronic pain patient      
   C 6.2 ± 1.9 1.5 (0.8–2.1) <.001 21 <.001
   A 4.8 ± 2.5     
Waiting patient      
   C 7.4 ± 1.5 2.5 (1.9–3.2) <.001 18 .007
   A 4.9 ± 2.5     
Patient of different culture      
   C 7.3 ± 1.7 2.0 (1.3–2.7) <.001 14 .024
   A 5.0 ± 2.4     
  1. A, self-rated adequacy of previous training in handling the given physician-patient communication scenario; C, self-rated confidence in handling the given physician-patient communication scenario; CI, confidence interval; SD, standard deviation.
  2. *Ten-point Likert scale (C: 1 = not confident, 10 = very confident; A: 1 = inadequate, 10 = excellent).
  3. Wilcoxon signed rank test.
  4. Bivariate fit of self-rated confidence by self-rated adequacy of previous training.