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Table 3 Association of diagnosis disclosure items with competence index and general attitude towards dementia care by specialities

From: Self-reported competence, attitude and approach of physicians towards patients with dementia in ambulatory care: Results of a postal survey

   General practitioners Specialists
   Association with CI Association with general attitude cluster Association with CI Association with general attitude cluster
   τ p 1 τ p 2 τ p 1 τ p 2
16 Disclosing diagnosis and prognosis does more harm than good to the patient -0.770 0.159 0.106 0.075 -0.099 0.238 0.128 0.157
17 Most patients are grateful when I address their cognitive decline 0.137 0.011 -0.219 < 0.001 0.123 0.140 -0.232 0.010
18 Patients react with shame when their cognitive deficits are addressed -0.096 0.074 0.130 0.028 -0.102 0.220 0.196 0.029
19 I only disclose when the patient demands it -0.232 < 0.001 0.135 0.024 -0.019 0.818 0.035 0.701
20 Patients with dementia should be informed because of their possibility to plan their lives 0.228 < 0.001 -0.149 0.015 0.180 0.038 -0.212 0.024
21 When communicating the diagnosis to the patient I never use the term dementia -0.41 0.450 0.069 0.243 -0.228 0.005 0.198 0.024
22 When communicating the diagnosis to the patient I never use the term Alzheimer -0.017 0.753 0.041 0.479 -0.245 0.003 0.210 0.017
23 I inform the relatives more than the patient on the course of the disease 0.113 0.041 -0.126 0.038 -0.040 0.636 0.009 0.919
24 In relation to the relatives I avoid the diagnosis and I prefer to use terms like „senility" or „perfusion problems" -0.157 0.005 0.128 0.037 -0.188 0.028 0.183 0.046
  1. CI = competence index; p 1 = statistical significance of association between competence index and items; p 2, = statistical significance of association between general attitude cluster and items