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Table 1 Healthcare workers' concerns and worries about A/H1N1 influenza pandemic.

From: General hospital staff worries, perceived sufficiency of information and associated psychological distress during the A/H1N1 influenza pandemic

  Total (N = 469) 1. Nurse (N = 209) 2. Medical (N = 120) 3. Allied (N = 59) 4. Auxiliary (N = 81) p-value
I worry about the A/H1N1 influenza pandemic (Y/N; N, %) 266 (56.7) 127 (60.7) 43 (35.8) 33 (55.9) 53 (65.4) < 0.0005 (a)
Degree of worry (mean ± SD; median)
(1: I have very little worry; 9: I'm very much worried)
      
   In the entire sample 4.2 ± 2.2; 4/9 4.4 ± 2.2 3.3 ± 1.8 1 (c) 4.0 ± 2.2 5.3 ± 2.3 1,2,3 < 0.0005 (b)
   In those who answered they worried 5.6 ± 1.7; 6/9 5.5 ± 1.6 5.0 ± 1.2 5.4 ± 1.7 6.2 ± 1.9 2 0.005 (b)
I mostly worry about: (Y/N; N, %)       
   The disease's danger 146 (54.9) 76 (59.8) 19 (44.2) 16 (48.5) 30 (56.6) < 0.0005 (a)
   The risk for family and relatives to be infected 161 (60.5) 84 (66.1) 27 (62.8) 22 (66.7) 24 (45.3) 0.015 (a)
   Isolation from family and/or social environment 34 (12.8) 18 (14.2) 4 (9.3) 4 (12.1) 7 (13.2) 0.294 (a)
   The consequences on my functional ability 115 (43.2) 59 (46.4) 16 (37.2) 14 (42.4) 24 (45.3) 0.007 (a)
Perceived risk for being infected by the A/H1N1 virus (1: very low, 9: very high; mean ± SD; median) 6.2 ± 2.3; 6/9 6.4 ± 2.1 6.2 ± 2.0 5.7 ± 2.1 6.2 ± 2.0 0.117 (b)
I think that being infected with the A/H1N1 influenza would have major consequences on my health (1:strongly disagree, 9: strongly agree; mean ± SD; median) 4.5 ± 2.2; 5/9 4.7 ± 2.2 2,4 3.4 ± 1.8 1,3,4 4.3 ± 2.3 2,4 5.6 ± 2.0 1,2,3 < 0.0005 (b)
I believe that the infection is difficult to treat (1:strongly disagree, 9: strongly agree; mean ± SD) 4.8 ± 2.0; 5/9 4.9 ± 2.0 4.2 ± 1.9 1,4 4.6 ± 2.1 5.2 ± 1.7 0.002 (b)
I feel that my department is well prepared for the A/H1N1 influenza pandemic (1:strongly disagree, 9: strongly agree; mean ± SD; median) 4.7 ± 2.4; 5/9 4.2 ± 2.3 2,3,4 5.0 ± 2.4 5.2 ± 2.0 5.1 ± 2.7 0.003 (b)
I think it would be important if there was a service offering psychological support regarding my concerns about the pandemic (1:strongly disagree, 9: strongly agree; mean ± SD; median) 5.6 ± 2.9; 6/9 5.9 ± 2.9 4.5 ± 2.7 1,3,4 6.5 ± 2.3 5.9 ± 3.1 < 0.0005 (b)
  1. (a) chi-square test; (b), ANOVA; (c) Significant differences between this category and the categories mentioned by numbers (Bonferroni post-hoc tests)