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Table 2 Quantitative results of survey responses including percentages with 95% confidence intervals

From: A nationwide survey of confidence and knowledge of assessment and management oral conditions amongst a sample of physicians, United Kingdom

  N (Total = 131) % 95% CI
Frequency of mouth care assessment
 Never 2 1.5 0.4–5.4
 Rarely 15 11.5 7.1–18.0
 Sometimes 86 65.6 57.2–73.2
 Always 28 21.4 15.2–29.2
Perceived importance of mouth care training
 Score 1–3 5 3.8 1.6–8.6
 Score 4–6 34 26.0 19.2–34.1
 Score 7–10 92 70.2 61.9–77.4
Perceived importance of mouth care assessment (%yes) 127 96.9 92.4–98.8
Confidence diagnosing oral conditions
 Not 83 63.4 54.8–71.1
 Fairly 47 35.9 28.2–44.4
 Very 1 0.8 0.1–4.2
Confidence managing oral conditions
 Not 84 64.1 55.6–71.8
 Fairly 46 35.1 27.5–43.6
 Very 1 0.8 0.1–4.2
Perceived sufficient training (%yes) 11 8.4 4.7–14.4
Perceived need for further training (%yes) 120 91.6 85.6–95.2
  Median IQR
Knowledge score 60% (3/5) 60–80
  1. 21.4% (15.2–29.2%) of respondents stated that they always performed mouth care assessment as part of a routine clinical assessment; whereas 96.9% (92.4–98.8%) expressed that they perceived mouth care assessment to be important