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Table 1 Mean preference ratings for each graphical format on a 5 cm Likert scale marked 1 to 5 (1 = not at all, 5 = extremely)

From: Discussing life expectancy with surgical patients: Do patients want to know and how should this information be delivered?

Graphical Type Overall (n = 120) Male (n = 60) Female (n = 60) Completed Full-Time Education ≤ 16 yrs (n = 88) Completed Full-Time Education >16 yrs (n = 32)
Survival Curve 3.5 (1.2) 3.3(1.2) 3.6(1.1) 3.5(1.2) 3.5(1.2)
Bar Graph 3.1(1.1) 3.1(1.1) 3.2(1.2) 3.2(1.1) 2.9(1.2)
Pie Chart 3.0(1.3) 3.0(1.3) 3.1(1.3) 3.0(1.3) 3.0(1.3)
Facial Figures 1.8(1.3) 1.6(1.1) 2.0(1.4) 1.7(1.3) 2.0(1.3)