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Table 4 Self-Rated Adequacy of Previous Training in Handling Specific Physician-Patient Communication Scenarios According to Perceived Benefit of Training

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

  Self-rated adequacy of previous training* according to perceived benefit of training  
Scenario Yes (N = 33) Maybe or no (N = 25) P value
Demanding patient 4.4 ± 2.4 6.2 ± 2.4 .006
Overweight patient 4.2 ± 2.2 5.6 ± 2.2 .028
Cancer patient 5.7 ± 2.5 6.7 ± 2.2 .078
Hostile spouse 3.7 ± 2.4 5.5 ± 2.1 .002
Somatoform patient 4.2 ± 2.4 6.1 ± 2.3 .004
Chronic pain patient 4.0 ± 2.3 5.8 ± 2.4 .007
Waiting patient 4.7 ± 2.6 6.1 ± 2.7 .002
Patient of different culture 4.2 ± 2.1 6.2 ± 2.3 .067
  1. *Ten-point Likert scale (1 = inadequate, 10 = excellent).
  2. Wilcoxon rank sum test.