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Table 2 Participant and hospital characteristics

From: Ward social workers’ views of what facilitates or hinders collaboration with specialist palliative care team social workers: A grounded theory

Participant characteristics (n = 14)  
Sex:  
 - 14 Femalea  
Race:  
 - 13 Caucasian  
 - 1 African American  
Age (n = 14):  
 - 25–55 years, median 40 years old  
Years post MSW training:  
 - 3–32 years, median 12.5 years  
Patient case load:  
 - 20–50 patients per social worker, median 36 patients  
Frequency of contact with palliative care social worker:  
 - >1 month – daily, average 2–3 times a week  
Length of time palliative care team active in hospital:  
 - ≥ 5 years  
Hospital characteristics (n = 6)  
Hospital size:  
 - 300–1100 beds, median 640 beds  
Hospital location:  
 - 2 Small community areas  
 - 2 Larger urban areas  
 - 2 Inner-city  
  1. aSocial workers in the U.S. are mostly female (82%); sample homogeneity is not unexpected [68]