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Table 6 Multilevel model outcomes for physician- and centre-related variables

From: Physician-perceived utility of the EORTC QLQ-GINET21 questionnaire in the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumours: a multicentre, cross-sectional survey (QUALINETS)

Multilevel model
Physician-/centre-level variables Therapeutic and clinical decision-making Doctor-patient communication Questionnaire characteristics
Age – 0.09 (0.20) – 0.23 (0.09)* – 0.21 (0.08)*
Sex     
Male
Female
– 2.61 (1.57)
– 1.18 (0.72)
0.42 (0.65)
Years of experience treating NETs 0.03 (0.23) 0.28 (0.11)* 0.28 (0.10)*
Location of professional activity     
Rural
Urban
Metropolitan
9.20 (4.26)*
4.51 (1.54)*
0.85 (1.93)
0.78 (0.70)
1.16 (1.92)
– 0.39 (0.64)
Hospital capacity     
100–199 beds
200–499 beds
 ≥ 500 beds
4.30 (4.40)
– 0.64 (1.61)
– 1.50 (2.01)
0.97 (0.74)
– 0.49 (1.84)
0.78 (0.67)
Number of patients with NETs treated per year     
0–10 pts/year
11–20 pts/year
21–30 pts/year
 > 30 pts/year
– 3.14 (2.14)
– 4.75 (2.24)*
– 6.47 (2.13)*
– 0.17 (0.97)
– 1.65 (1.02)
– 2.22 (0.97)*
– 0.55 (0.89)
0.50 (0.93)
– 0.87 (0.88)
  1. Entries show parameter estimates with standard errors in parentheses
  2. *p < 0.05
  3. Estimation method = ML; Satterthwaite degrees of freedom. NET, neuroendocrine tumours