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Table 5 The influence of various factors on email etiquette (univariate analysis)

From: Etiquette for medical students’ email communication with faculty members: a single-institution study

Variable   Subject Message body Sign-off (Q9) Global impression of politeness (Q10) Total score
(Q1, Q2) (Q3–Q8)  
  Clarity and conciseness Subject name Salutation Self-identification Readability Honorifics Internet slang Closing remarks    
Age at sending (n = 162) Correlationa) 0.061 0.043 0.034 −0.063 0.202* −0.080 −0.050 0.158 0.321 0.228 0.206
p-value 0.469 0.626 0.664 0.449 0.010 0.316 0.531 0.045 <0.001 0.003 0.009
Gender (n = 140) Male (87)b) 1.51 ± 0.48 0.53 ± 0.48 1.1 ± 0.95 0.71 ± 0.5 0.95 ± 0.17 0.96 ± 0.13 0.8 ± 0.38 0.71 ± 0.42 0.85 ± 0.98 2.57 ± 0.84 62.59 ± 17.2
Female (53)b) 1.54 ± 0.49 0.52 ± 0.48 1.38 ± 0.85 0.59 ± 0.52 0.94 ± 0.19 0.91 ± 0.23 0.54 ± 0.48 0.78 ± 0.37 0.97 ± 0.96 2.6 ± 0.78 63.21 ± 18.51
p-valuec) 0.742 0.936 0.057 0.158 0.891 0.099 0.001 0.330 0.438 0.775 0.829
Current course (n = 210) Premedical (37)b) 1.61 ± 0.45 0.45 ± 0.49 1.19 ± 0.97 0.82 ± 0.49 0.87 ± 0.26 0.97 ± 0.12 0.7 ± 0.43 0.63 ± 0.43 0.41 ± 0.79 2.31 ± 0.77 57.16 ± 20.35
Medical (173)b) 1.43 ± 0.48 0.51 ± 0.48 1.23 ± 0.9 0.59 ± 0.5 0.96 ± 0.16 0.93 ± 0.19 0.67 ± 0.45 0.78 ± 0.39 1.06 ± 0.97 2.66 ± 0.8 63.3 ± 16.76
p-valuec) 0.062 0.563 0.818 0.023 0.051 0.118 0.670 0.036 <0.001 0.013 0.053
Admission type (n = 125) UEP (66)b) 1.47 ± 0.49 0.52 ± 0.49 1.04 ± 0.94 0.59 ± 0.5 0.95 ± 0.15 0.9 ± 0.23 0.77 ± 0.4 0.69 ± 0.44 0.78 ± 0.94 2.37 ± 0.78 59.61 ± 15.3
GEP (59)b) 1.53 ± 0.48 0.59 ± 0.46 1.42 ± 0.84 0.67 ± 0.51 0.98 ± 0.12 0.97 ± 0.11 0.61 ± 0.47 0.86 ± 0.3 1.34 ± 0.93 2.99 ± 0.71 69.99 ± 16.2
p-valuec) 0.563 0.452 0.016 0.404 0.366 0.026 0.048 0.009 0.001 <0.001 <0.001
  1. a)Pearson correlation; b)Mean ± SD c)independent sample t-test
  2. UEP undergraduate-entry program, GEP graduate-entry program