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Table 3 Survey Responses for Scenarios A-H, relative to the respondent's own position in the queue

From: Triage for coronary artery bypass graft surgery in Canada: Do patients agree on who should come first?

Scenario* Mean difference in the rank score relative to respondent's own position** SD signed rank statistic signed rank p-value***
A: exactly the same as respondent -0.28 0.64 -100.0 0.0011
A2: admitted to hospital with increasing angina 1.14 0.74 654.0 <.0001
B: 85 yrs old 0.25 1.02 141.5 0.0718
C: 85 yrs old, mild dementia, living at home with home care support 0.47 1.06 247.0 0.0015
D: 85 yrs old, severe dementia, living in nursing home 0.09 1.35 55.0 0.5134
E: 35 yrs old 0.05 1.06 31.0 0.6137
F: 35 yrs old, married with 4 children and only income earner for family 0.79 0.96 399.0 <.0001
G: 35 yrs old, unmarried, unemployed on welfare -0.31 0.99 -162.0 0.0218
H: donated $5 million dollars to the hospital foundation -0.20 0.64 -71.5 0.0245
  1. *answer scale: 0 = very far behind you, 1 = a little bit behind you, 2 = your place, 3 = a little bit ahead of you, 4 = very far ahead of you
  2. **ranges from -4 to 4; a mean of 0 indicates that the survey respondent ranks the person in the same place as themself; values above zero indicate the survey respondent ranks the person ahead of themself in the queue, values below zero indicate the survey respondent rank the person behind themself in the queue
  3. ***tests whether mean is significantly different from 0. P-values have been corrected for multiple comparisons by Bonferroni adjustment;
  4. statistical significance is p ≤ 0.005
  5. SD = standard deviation