Table 3

Results of affective ratings scores (N=160)

Affective itemsMean rating* (CI)
TotalDoctorsNursesp Value
Bad–Good3.6 (3.4 to 3.8)4.0 (3.7 to 4.2)3.4 (3.1 to 3.7)0.0041
Difficult–Easy3.7 (3.5 to 3.9)4.1 (3.8 to 4.3)3.3 (3.1 to 3.6)0.0001
Confrontational–Not confrontational3.9 (3.7 to 4.1)4.2 (3.9 to 4.5)3.7 (3.4 to 4.0)0.0243
Not helpful–Very helpful4.7 (4.6 to 4.9)4.8 (4.6 to 5.0)4.7 (4.4 to 4.9)0.4661
Very embarrassing–Not embarrassing3.8 (3.5 to 4.0)4.3 (4.0 to 4.6)3.3 (3.0 to 3.6)<0.0001
Challenging–Not challenging4.1 (3.9 to 4.3)4.4 (4.1 to 4.7)3.8 (3.5 to 4.1)0.0040
Very uncomfortable–Comfortable3.6 (3.4 to 3.8)4.1 (3.8 to 4.3)3.2 (2.9 to 3.5)<0.0001
Composite, affective score†3.9 (3.8 to 4.1)4.2 (4.0 to 4.5)3.6 (3.4 to 3.8)0.0001
  • *A 7-point response scale was used with the semantic differentials serving as anchor labels (higher scores indicating more favourable responses.

  • †Mean over the seven ratings per person.