Table 1.

Attitudes toward and comfort level with urine microscopy

Survey QuestionAll, n=59Postgraduate Year 1, n=18Postgraduate Year 2, n=25Postgraduate Year 3, n=16P Value
How helpful do you think urine microscopy is?
 Very helpful (5)30 (51%)8 (47%)15 (58%)7 (44%)
 Somewhat helpful (4)24 (41%)5 (29%)10 (38%)9 (56%)
 Neutral (3)5 (9%)4 (24%)1 (4%)0 (0%)
 Not very helpful (2)0 (0%)0 (0%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
 Not at all helpful (1)0 (0%)0 (0%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
 Mean (SD)4.4 (0.7)4.3 (0.8)4.6 (0.6)4.4 (0.5)0.41
How comfortable do you feel performing urine microscopy?
 Very comfortable (5)0 (0%)0 (0%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
 Somewhat comfortable (4)7 (12%)1 (6%)3 (12%)3 (19%)
 Neutral (3)8 (14%)1 (6%)6 (23%)1 (6%)
 Not very comfortable (2)18 (31%)3 (18%)8 (30%)7 (44%)
 Not at all comfortable (1)26 (44%)12 (70%)9 (35%)5 (31%)
 Mean (SD)1.9 (1.1)1.5 (0.9)2.2 (0.2)2.1 (1.1)0.05
Have you ever performed urine microscopy?
 Yes28 (48%)6 (35%)10 (38%)12 (75%)
 No29 (49%)11 (65%)15 (58%)3 (19%)
 Not sure2 (3%)0 (0%)1 (4%)1 (6%)
  • Means between postgraduate year (PGY) groups were calculated and compared using the Kruskal–Wallis one-way ANOVA with Dunn multiple comparisons post-test. Post-test analysis for “How helpful do you think urine microscopy is?”: PGY-1 versus PGY-2, P=0.80; PGY-1 versus PGY-3, P>0.99; PGY-2 versus PGY-3, P=0.80. Post-test for “How comfortable do you feel performing urine microscopy?”: PGY-1 versus PGY-2, P=0.05; PGY-1 versus PGY-3, P=0.30; PGY-2 versus PGY-3, P>0.99.