Table 5

Crude and adjusted association of physicians’ perceptions and characteristics with intent to disclose*

Delayed cancer diagnosisCare coordination breakdown
Physician perceptions and characteristicsCrude mean difference (95% CI)Adjusted mean difference (95% CI)Crude mean difference (95% CI)Adjusted mean difference (95% CI)
Event-level perceptions
 Beliefs about personal responsibility0.37 (0.22 to 0.51)0.26 (0.16 to 0.36)0.46 (0.40 to 0.53)0.25 (0.13 to 0.38)
 Beliefs about event seriousness0.18 (0.12 to 0.23)0.10 (0.07 to 0.13)0.21 (0.18 to 0.24)0.14 (0.07 to 0.21)
 Expectation patient will file lawsuit0.01 (−0.08 to 0.10)0.01 (−0.06 to 0.08)0.13 (0.11 to 0.15)0.04 (−0.02 to 0.09)
Physician-level perceptions
 Negative feelings about practice−0.08 (−0.14 to −0.01)−0.03 (−0.12 to 0.07)−0.10 (−0.15 to −0.05)0.08 (0.13 to −0.04)
 Value patient-centred communication0.19 (0.11 to 0.26)0.16 (0.08 to 0.24)0.25 (0.17 to 0.34)0.20 (0.16 to 0.23)
 Communication self-efficacy0.01 (0.03 to 0.04)0.00 (0.06 to 0.06)0.04 (0.09 to 0.02)0.06 (0.14 to 0.02)
Organisation-level perceptions
 Organisation values communication0.04 (0.01 to 0.09)0.04 (0.08 to 0.00)0.11 (0.02 to 0.20)0.04 (0.01 to 0.07)
 Perceived time constraints0.12 (0.14 to 0.10)−0.10 (−0.16 to −0.05)0.10 (0.16 to 0.04)0.07 (0.17 to 0.03)
Physician characteristics
Gender, %
 MaleRefRefRefRef
 Female−0.07 (0.13 to 0.01)0.01 (0.05 to 0.07)0.10 (0.08 to 0.29)0.12 (0.09 to 0.32)
Years in practice, %
 <10 yearsRefRefRefRef
 10–20 years0.03 (−0.17 to 0.23)−0.01 (0.08 to 0.05)0.21 (0.13 to 0.29)0.24 (0.20 to 0.28)
 >20 years0.15 (0.04 to 0.26)0.11 (0.07 to 0.14)0.10 (0.01 to 0.21)0.15 (0.07 to 0.23)
  • *Generalised estimating equation models.

  • Bold typeface indicates a result that is statistically significant at the 0.05 level.