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Table 1 Characteristics of the response sample compared to the overall population of Flemish hospitals in 20071

From: Policies to improve end-of-life decisions in Flemish hospitals: communication, training of health care providers and use of quality assessments

Characteristic Responding hospitals (N = 37) Population2 (N = 67)
Size of hospitals (bed capacity) N (%) N (%)
   <250 beds 6 (16) 17 (25)
   250-500 beds 14 (38) 27 (40)
   501-750 beds 9 (24) 13 (19)
   >750 beds 8 (22) 10 (15)
Palliative care unit N (%) N (%)
   Yes 17 (46) 27 (40)
Membership in umbrella organisation N (%) N (%)
   VVI3 21 (57) 41 (61)
   VOV4 11 (30) 21 (31)
   None 5 (14) 5 (8)
Religious affiliation N (%) N (%)
   Catholic 22 (59) 42 (63)
  1. 1 Absolute numbers (with rounded percentages in parenthesis)
  2. 2 Data provided by The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
  3. 3 VVI, Verbond der Verzorgingsinstellingen: umbrella organisation that assembles Catholic healthcare institutions in Flanders
  4. 4 VOV, Vereniging van Openbare Verzorgingsinstellingen: umbrella organisation that assembles public hospitals in Flanders