Table 4.

Comparison of respondents who were confused about the current legal status of end-of-life practices and those who were not, by sociodemographic characteristics: N = 266.

CHARACTERISTICCONFUSED (N = 144)NOT CONFUSED (N = 122)P VALUE
Sex, n (%)NS
  • Male115 (54.5)96 (45.5)
  • Female20 (50.0)20 (50.0)
Age, y, n (%)< .05
  • 20–297 (31.8)15 (68.2)
  • 30–3933 (51.6)31 (48.4)
  • 40–4947 (52.2)43 (47.8)
  • ≥ 5057 (63.3)33 (36.7)
Profession, n (%)< .001
  • Family physician14 (31.1)31 (68.9)
  • Other specialist10 (41.7)14 (58.3)
  • Clinical nurse or nurse practitioner64 (56.1)50 (43.9)
  • Auxiliary or technical nurse56 (68.3)26 (31.7)
Experience with end-of-life care,* n (%)NS
  • Yes77 (52.0)71 (48.0)
  • No67 (56.8)51 (43.2)
Mean (SD) y since last diploma22.8 (9.4)19.3 (10.6)< .05
  • NS—not significant.

  • * Question: “Do you care for dying patients in your clinical practice?”