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Table 2 Comparison of the mean scores of dentists’ knowledge and attitude based on their demographics and work characteristics

From: Knowledge, attitude and practice of dentists toward providing care to the geriatric patients

  Mean of Knowledge SD P-value Mean of attitude SD P-value
Gender
 Male 13.5 2.8 0.2* 55.3 6.3 0.3*
 Female 13.3 3. 1 56.1 5.9
Time since graduation
  < 5 years 13.9 2.5 0.2** 55.7 5. 4 0.6**
 5–15 years 13.3 3. 1 55.6 6.7
 Over 15 years 14.3 2. 1 56.9 6.4
Percentage of over 65-year patients visited per month
  < 15% 13.9 2.6 0.02** 56.0 6.4 0.2**
 15–30% 12.9 3.5 54.4 6.8
  > 30% 12.0 3.7 53.2 5.9
Having an old father/mother
 yes 13.1 3.1 0.08* 56.1 6.2 0.6*
 no 13.8 2.8 55.6 6.1
Relationships with their grandparents
 Close relationship 13.1 2.8 0.08** 55.1 5.8 0.018**
 Not so close 12.5 3.0 53.5 5.4  
 They are not alive 13.9 2.9 57.1 5.9  
Willingness to attend continuous training courses on geriatric dentistry
 Highly unwilling 13.1 2.2 0.3** 50.1 4.8 < 0.001**
 Almost unwilling 13.1 2.7 53.7 6.3
 Almost willing 13.2 3.2 57.5 5.2
 Highly willing 14.1 2.5 56.7 6.1
  1. Note- *-T-test, **-ANOVA test