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Table 2 Expected consequences of the mandate and correlation with attitude towards mandates for pediatricians vs. others

From: Determinants of physician attitudes towards the new selective measles vaccine mandate in Germany

Expected consequences of mandate Mean (SD)a Correlationb with attitude towards mandatesc
Pediatricians Other physicians p-value Pediatricians Other physicians
I expect no consequences. 2.97 (1.29) 3.16 (1.33) 0.014 0.11 0.09
Counseling patients will require more effort. 3.01 (1.13) 3.23 (1.09) 0.001 −0.16 − 0.15
Counseling patients will require less effort. 2.01 (0.96) 1.94 (0.87) 0.203 0.17 0.12
The mandate will be a burden for the patient provider relationship. 2.11 (0.95) 1.98 (0.97) 0.018 −0.34 − 0.35
I expect a higher amount of work for issuing certificates about measles protection to patients. 2.47 (1.12) 2.33 (1.00) 0.017 −0.19 −0.24
I expect that patients will press me to issue medical exemptions from the mandate. 3.38 (1.24) 3.16 (1.26) 0.003 −0.04 −0.19
I expect more children to be vaccinated on time. 3.47 (1.06) 3.93 (0.90) < 0.001 0.25 0.35
  1. Bold denotes significance at p < 0.05.
  2. aLikert scale items (1 = disagree; 5 = strongly agree)
  3. bPearson’s method
  4. cMean score ‘attitude towards mandates’ consisting of four items (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.88) expressing negative attitude (score = 1) to positive attitude (score = 5)