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Table 1 Basic characteristics of study participants according to attitudes toward continual collaboration with PCTs (median with range, or number with %)

From: Collaboration between physicians and a hospital-based palliative care team in a general acute-care hospital in Japan

   "Continual collaboration"  
   Positive
n= 124a
Negative
n= 20a
P-value
Age (in years) 32 (25-65) 38 (29-62) 0.01
Sex male 80 (65%) 18 (90%) 0.04
  female 44 (36%) 2 (10%)  
Position internb 37 (30%) 0 (0%) 0.01e
  residentc 32 (26%) 7 (35%)  
  supervisory physiciand 54 (44%) 13 (65%)  
Physician experience (in years) 5 (1--40) 11 (3--37) 0.01
Interest in palliative care (scores)f 6 (1--7) 4 (2--7) <0.01
Concerns about death (scores)g 16 (4--28) 16 (4--28) 0.46
  1. a The totals do not match because of missing values.
  2. b Approximately 1-2 years after receiving their medical licenses.
  3. c Approximately 3-5 years after receiving their medical licenses.
  4. d Approximately 6 years or more after receiving their medical licenses.
  5. e Analysis of interns and residents versus supervisory physicians.
  6. f Answers ranged from "none" (1 point) to "definite" (7 points) with respect to interest in palliative care.
  7. g Concerns about death was selected from the Death Attitude Inventory and each item was rated on a scale from "applicable" (1 point) to "inapplicable" (7 points), and scores on concerns about death reflect total points for the four items.
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