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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of respondents

From: Attitudes and educational needs of emergency doctors providing palliative and end-of-life care in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional analysis based on a self-report study

Characteristics Overall (n = 145) EOL group (n = 60) Non-EOL group (n = 85)
n (%) n (%) n (%)
Male Gender 69% 68.3% 69.4%
Years of experience in ED
 < 5 50 (34.5) 18 (30) 32 (37.6)
 5–10 31 (21.4) 15 (25) 16 (18.8)
 10–15 27 (18.6) 8 (13.3) 19 (22.4)
 15–20 15 (10.3) 7 (11.7) 8 (9.4)
 > 20 22 (15.2) 12 (20) 10 (11.8)
ED training status
 Service doctor 16 (11.0) 5 (8.3) 11 (12.9)
 Basic trainee 38 (26.2) 16 (26.7) 22 (25.9)
 Higher trainee 29 (20) 13 (21.7) 16 (18.8)
 Specialist 62 (42.8) 26 (43.3) 36 (42.4)
Training status in palliative and EOL care
 Specialist training 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
 Short courses or other formal training not leading to a specialist qualification 4 (2.8) 3 (5) 1 (1.2)
 On job training only 56 (38.6) 29 (48.3) 27 (31.8)
 No training 85 (58.6) 28 (46.7) 57 (67.1)
Self-rating of knowledge of palliative and EOL care
 No knowledge 34 (23.4) 15 (25) 19 (22.4)
 General knowledge only 109 (75.2) 43 (71.7) 66 (77.6)
 Professional/ extensive knowledge 2 (1.4) 2 (3.3) 0 (0)
Experience of caring terminal patients
 Yes 112 (77.2) 52 (86.7) 60 (70.6)
 No 33 (22.8) 8 (13.3) 25 (29.4)
Confidence in caring terminal patients
 All of the time 1 (0.7) 0 (0) 1 (1.2)
 Most of the time 29 (20) 19 (31.7) 10 (11.8)
 Undecided 38 (26.2) 15 (25) 23 (27.1)
 Somewhat 29 (20) 12 (20) 17 (20)
 Not at all 15 (10.3) 6 (10) 9 (10.6)
Self-rating of support in caring for terminal patients
 Yes 26 (17.9) 20 (33.3) 6 (7.1)
 No 59 (40.7) 24 (40) 35 (41.2)
 Don’t know 27 (18.6) 8 (13.3) 19 (22.4)
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  2. ED Emergency Department, EOL end-of-life