Table 4

 Demographic data of emergency department and psychiatric ward staff

VariablesStaff of emergency departmentStaff of psychiatric wardp Value
(n = 66)(n = 26)
SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.
*p<0.05; **p<0.01; †Mean (SE; range); ‡Mann–Whitney U test; §Fisher’s exact test; ¶Pearson χ2 test.
Age (years)33.53 (0.85; 23–54)†34.54 (1.06; 27–51)†0.256‡
Number of children1.05 (0.14; 0–3)†1.35 (0.21; 0–3)†0.174‡
Number of cohabitants3.03 (0.23; 0–7)†3.46 (0.49; 0–12)†0.644‡
Work load (days/week)4.63 (0.13; 0–7)†4.79 (0.22; 0–7)†0.011‡*
Sex0.683§
    Male5 (7.6%)3 (11.5%)
    Female61 (92.4%)23 (88.5%)
Marital status0.049§*
    Single29 (43.9%)5 (19.2%)
    Married37 (56.1%)21 (80.8%)
Health0.459¶
    Fair52 (78.8%)19 (73.1%)
    Seldom minor illness12 (18.2%)7 (26.9%)
    Chronic illness2 (3%)0
Quarantine due to SARS
    No65 (98.5%)26 (100%)
    Yes1 (1.50%)0
Quarantine of family
    No66 (100%)26 (100%)
    Yes00
Self-observation0.654**
    Very serious stress3 (4.60%)1 (3.80%)
    Serious stress29 (44.60%)8 (30.80%)
    Mild stress29 (44.60%)15 (57.70%)
    No stress4 (6.20%)2 (7.70%)