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Table. 4.

Table. 4.

Differences in perceived sufficiency and importance of pharmacist’s explanations of prescription drug side effects by respondent characteristics

Variable N Sufficiency level of current pharmacist’s SE explanation (score min. 1~max. 4) Importance level of pharmacist’s SE explanation (score min. 1~max. 4)
Mean SD p Mean SD p
Sex Male 77 2.22 0.92 0.297 3.87 0.40 0.816
Female 112 2.36 0.84 3.86 0.35

Age ≤30’s 116 2.22 0.81 0.144 3.81 0.43 0.016
≥40’s 73 2.42 0.97 3.95 0.22

Education ≤High school 58 2.43 0.88 0.179 3.90 0.30 0.407
≥College 131 2.24 0.87 3.85 0.40

Major in healthcare field Yes 144 2.40 0.86 0.008 3.90 0.30 0.096
No 45 2.00 0.87 3.76 0.52

Current general health condition* Good(4,5) 113 2.35 0.87 0.409 3.85 0.40 0.566
Poor(1,2,3) 76 2.24 0.89 3.88 0.32

Living with a child under 12 years old Yes 19 2.47 0.90 0.371 3.84 0.37 0.804
No 170 2.28 0.87 3.86 0.37

Living with a senior aged over 65 Yes 26 2.62 0.98 0.050 3.96 0.19 0.023
No 163 2.25 0.85 3.85 0.39

Chronic medication usage among family members Yes 89 2.30 0.93 0.979 3.88 0.36 0.630
No 100 2.30 0.83 3.85 0.38

Number of visits to community pharmacies in the past year 1-4 96 2.23 0.86 0.252 3.79 0.45 0.008
≥5 93 2.38 0.89 3.94 0.24

Direct experience of side effects Yes 33 2.15 0.87 0.282 3.82 0.46 0.457
No 156 2.33 0.88 3.87 0.35

Indirect experience of side effects Yes 57 2.16 0.84 0.141 3.84 0.41 0.626
No 132 2.36 0.89 3.87 0.35

Interest in side effects information as reported in the media* Interested(3,4) 155 2.28 0.89 0.422 3.89 0.33 0.099
Not interested(1,2) 34 2.41 0.82 3.74 0.51

Awareness of recent Tamiflu incident* Aware(3,4) 147 2.34 0.84 0.261 3.87 0.35 0.570
Unaware(1,2) 42 2.17 0.98 3.83 0.43

SE, side effects; SD, standard deviation

*Categorized by Likert score

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