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Table 2 Sociodemographic data of the Delphi sample

From: The desire to die in palliative care: a sequential mixed methods study to develop a semi-structured clinical approach

N149
AgeMean (Minimum, Maximum)49.3 (19, 72)
 n (%)
GenderFemale107 (71.8)
Male42 (28.2)
ResidenceGermany132 (88.6)
Other countries17 (11.4)
Spainn = 5
Canadan = 3
Switzerland, Norwayn = 2 each
USA, Australia, El Salvador, Sweden, Portugaln = 1 each
ExpertiseaNursing91 (61.1)
Physician21 (14.1)
Psychology and psychotherapy9 (6.0)
Spiritual care11 (7.4)
Ethics counseling10 (6.7)
Social work1 (0.7)
Relatives12 (8.1)
Research and science20 (13.4)
Non-practitioners, e.g. moral philosophers13 (8.7)
Other17 (11.4)
Self-assessment
 n (%)
Experience in yearsDealing with desire to die (DD) in clinical practice< 13 (2.0)
1–958 (38.9)
≥ 1081 (54.4)
missing7 (4.7)
Dealing with suicidality in clinical practice< 139 (26.2)
1–941 (27.5)
≥ 1063 (42.3)
missing6 (4.0)
Studying DD from a theoretical perspective< 158 (38.9)
1–961 (40.9)
≥ 1021 (14.1)
missing9 (6.0)
Studying suicidality from a theoretical perspective< 182 (55.0)
1–939 (26.2)
≥ 1019 (12.8)
missing9 (6.0)
 Mean (Standard Deviation)
ConfidencebDealing with DD4.16 (1.00)
Dealing with suicidality2.92 (1.37)
KnowledgebDD3.98 (1.07)
Suicidality2.97 (1.36)
  1. aMultiple responses possible
  2. b‘0’ (‘not confident at all’) to ‘6’ (‘very confident’) Likert scale adapted from Morita (2007) [25]