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Table 3 Physician preferences for postoperative pain management for obese vs. non-obese patients by experience and training. Results of fisher’s exact tests

From: Provider preferences for postoperative analgesia in obese and non-obese patients undergoing ambulatory surgery

Pain severity Physician characteristics Obese, n (%) p-value Non-Obese, n (%) p-value
Opioid Non-Opioid Opioid Non-Opioid
Mild Pain Experience as Attending    0.767    1
> 15 years 29 (26.0%) 84 (74.0%)   36 (32.0%) 77 (68.0%)  
≤15 years 33 (28.6%) 83 (71.4%)   37 (31.8%) 79 (68.2%)  
Physician Status    0.799    0.713
Attending 68 (26.2%) 192 (73.8%)   79 (30.2%) 181 (69.8%)  
Resident 43 (27.5%) 112 (72.5%)   50 (32.2%) 105 (67.8%)  
Moderate Pain Experience as Attending    0.047    0.023
> 15 years 70 (62.0%) 43 (38.0%)   75 (66.7%) 38 (33.3%)  
≤15 years 86 (74.4%) 30 (25.6%)   93 (80.2%) 23 (19.8%)  
Physician Status    0.002    < 0.001
Attending 177 (68.0%) 83 (32.0%)   186 (71.7%) 74 (28.3%)  
Resident 129 (83.0%) 26 (17.0%)   135 (87.1%) 20 (12.9%)  
Severe Pain Experience as Attending    0.3156    0.106
> 15 years 96 (84.9%) 17 (15.1%)   102 (90.0%) 11 (10.0%)  
≤15 years 104 (89.5%) 12 (10.5%)   111 (96.0%) 5 (4.0%)  
Physician Status    0.358    0.155
Attending 230 (88.4%) 30 (11.6%)   241 (92.6%) 19 (7.4%)  
Resident 142 (91.8%) 13 (8.2%)   150 (96.6%) 5 (3.4%)