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Table 1 Demographic and educational characteristics of the operating room technology students in the study groups

From: Comparison of the effects of virtual training by serious game and lecture on operating room novices’ knowledge and performance about surgical instruments setup: a multi-center, two-arm study

Variables Intervention groupa
(n = 27)
Control groupb
(n = 24)
Test results P
Age (years) 19.59 ± 0.57 19.79 ± 0.50 261.00c 0.126
Gender
 Female 11 (40.7) 16 (66.7) Fisher's exact test 0.093
 Male 16 (59.3) 8 (33.3)
Previous semester’s grade point average (range: 0–20) 17.12 ± 1.25 17.06 ± 1.51 301.50c 0.671
Number of credits taken in the current semester 19.18 ± 4.26 18.45 ± 1.91 323.00c 0.985
Final theoretical test score of the course “An Introduction to Surgical Instruments and Equipment” (range: 0–20) 15.01 ± 1.30 15.99 ± 1.83 240.00c 0.112
  1. All values have been expressed as mean ± standard deviation or number (percentage)
  2. a Played with the “Playing with Surgical Instruments (PlaSurIn)” game individually during a week
  3. b Received virtual lecture-based training during a week
  4. c Mann–Whitney U test