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Table 4 Physician characteristics and their relationship to providing mammography screening in the 12 months following a patient’s visit

From: Do physician communication skills influence screening mammography utilization?

  Mammography screening   
Physician Characteristics Yes No Odds Ratioa(95% CI) P- Value
N=32 689 N=64 019
Demographics No. (%) No. (%)   
Sex     
 Male 11 107 (34.0) 25 366 (39.6) reference  
 Female 21 582 (66.0) 38 653 (60.4) 1.20 (1.07-1.35) 0.002
Medical School     
 Canadian 29 297 (89.6) 56 626 (88.4) reference  
 International graduate 3 392 (10.4) 7393 (11.6) 1.12 (0.91-1.38) 0.30
Specialty     
 Family medicine/general practice 29 640 (90.7) 59 54 (93.0) reference  
 Medical specialty 259 (0.8) 515 (0.8) 0.79 (0.53-1.18) 0.26
 Surgical specialty 2 780 (8.5) 3 938 (6.2) 1.59 (1.22-2.06) 0.001
Practice Experience mean (SD) mean (SD)   
Number of years of practice, per year increase 3.4 (2.6) 3.7 (2.7) 0.96 (0.95-0.97) <0.001
Medical Knowledge & Clinical Decision Making Ability mean (SD) mean (SD)   
MCCQE1 score, per 2 SD increase 512.3 (76.6) 510.7 (76.0) 1.05 (0.97-1.12) 0.22
Communication Ability mean (SD) mean (SD)   
MCCQE2 Communication sub-score, per 2 SD increase 516.4 (93.9) 507.6 (98.4) 1.24 (1.11-1.38) <0.001
MCCQE2 Data acquisition sub-score, per 2 SD increase 531.0 (95.0) 531.1 (91.2) 0.98 (0.92-1.05) 0.58
  1. aEstimated using the generalized estimating equation (GEE) extension of multivariate logistic regression, adjusting for physician sex, specialty, medical school within Canada, years of practice, MCCQE1 exam score, MCCQE2 communication sub-score, MCCQE2 data acquisition sub-score, patient age, patient percent with high school diploma, patient income, patient region urban versus rural, patient comorbidity, patient prior hospitalization, patient breast biopsy or mammogram in previous year, and self referral for screening available. 499 patients had missing values for percent with a high school diploma and family income, and were not included in the regression model.
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