Table 2.

Baseline characteristics of the study population: N = 271. Mean (SD) y since last diploma (n = 262): 21.1 (10.1), range 1–42.

CHARACTERISTICN (%)*
Sex
  •Male213 (84.2)
  •Female40 (15.9)
Age, y
  •20–2922 (8.2)
  •30–3965 (24.3)
  •40–4990 (33.7)
  •50–5984 (31.5)
  •≥ 606 (2.2)
Profession
  •Family physician45 (16.9)
  •Other specialist (anesthesia, surgery, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, urology, etc)24 (9.0)
  •Clinical nurse or nurse practitioner114 (42.7)
  •Auxiliary or technical nurse83 (31.1)
Experience with end-of-life care
  •Yes149 (55.8)
  •No116 (43.4)
  • * Totals for each characteristic might be different owing to missing data.

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