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Table 4 Current Ability to Perform Clinical Skills without Direct Supervision

From: Cuban medical training for South African students: a mixed methods study

  Cuban-trained South African-trained Mann-Whitney Z p
Median Mean (SD) Median Mean (SD)
1. Diagnose and manage acute medical emergencies* 5.00 4.41(0.73) 4.00 3.36(0.98) −4.60 .000
2. Obstetrics: carry out a forceps delivery* 4.00 3.90(1.32) 2.50 2.62(1.25) −3.79 .000
3. Obstetrics: carry out a Caesarean section* 5.00 4.21(1.15) 2.00 2.17(1.12) −5.53 .000
4. Give an anaesthetic for minor surgery* 5.00 4.45(0.74) 3.00 2.88(1.25) −5.15 .000
5. Intubate and insert an endotracheal tube* 4.00 4.31(0.89) 4.00 3.45(1.02) −3.73 .000
6. Give health promotion advice to mothers 5.00 4.66(0.55) 4.00 4.43(0.55) −1.85 .065
7. Conduct a health survey in a local community 4.00 4.31(0.76) 4.00 4.00(0.91) −1.42 .157
8. Manage a primary health care team* 5.00 4.55(0.63) 4.00 3.50(1.29) −3.70 .000
  1. * p < .00094
  2. Note: The response scale has scores from 1 (not all confident) to 5 (very confident)