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Table 5 Number of students confident to perform examination without supervision

From: The influence of gender on clinical examination skills of medical students in Jordan: a cross-sectional study

Physical ExaminationMale n (%)Female n (%)OR (CI)P value
 Cardiovascular69 (69.7)57 (64)1.29 (0.70–2.38)0.410
 Abdominal83 (83.8)79 (88.8)0.66 (0.28–1.53)0.329
 Respiratory77 (77.8)74 (83.1)0.71 (0.34–1.47)0.355
 Thyroid73 (73.7)64 (71.9)1.10 (0.58–2.09)0.778
 Neurological53 (53.5)36 (40.4)1.70 (0.95–3.03)0.073
Intimate Physical Examination
 Male Genitalia Examination33 (33.3)6 (6.7)6.92 (2.74–17.50)< 0.001
 Digital Rectal Examination19 (19.2)7 (7.9)2.78 (1.11–7.00)0.025
 Foley’s Catheter Insertion13 (13.1)3 (3.4)4.33 (1.19–15.75)0.019
 Breast Examination20 (20.2)51 (57.3)0.19 (0.10–0.36)< 0.001
 Vaginal Examination7 (7)6 (6.7)1.05 (0.34–3.26)0.929
 Pap Smear5 (5)3 (3.3)1.53 (0.35–6.57)0.724*
 Contraception Counselling49 (49.5)37 (41.6)1.38 (0.77–2.45)0.276
  1. (*) used for values derived with Fisher’s exact test. Fisher’s exact test used when a cell in the table gave an expected number of frequency fewer than 5. P values of < 0.05 written in bold