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Table 4 Descriptive statistics of challenging traits of patients from the perspective of GPs

From: Difficult medical encounters and job satisfaction - results of a cross sectional study with general practitioners in Germany

Characteristic of patientsa Mean (SD) CI 95%
Aggressive 7.88 (2.56) 7.64–8.12
Demanding 7.85 (2.27) 7.64–8.06
Unfriendly 6.77 (2.72) 6.52–7.02
Limited compliance 6.24 (2.64) 6.00–6.48
Obsessive-compulsive personality 6.00 (2.34) 5.78–6.22
Person with a lot of questions 5.68 (2.53) 5.44–5.91
Critical 4.87 (2.41) 4.65–5.09
Anxious 4.37 (2.75) 4.11–4.62
  1. arange from 1 “not challenging at all” to 10 “very challenging”; SD standard deviation, CI confidence interval, GP general practitioner