Table 2

Characteristics of primary and palliative care physicians
Characteristics Primary physicians (N = 77) Palliative care physicians (N = 4)
Number Percentage Number Percentage
Gender
 Male 62 81 1 25
 Female 15 19 3 75
Clinical department
 Internal medicine less-experienced oncology 1) 11 14 0 0
 Internal medicine more-experienced oncology 2) 23 30 0 0
 Surgery 3) and Urology/Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 40 0 0
 Others 4) 12 16 4 100
Experience as physicians
 < 6years 21 27 1 25
 6−10years 31 40 1 25
 > 10years 25 33 2 50

1) General medicine, Internal medicine specialized Renal and Cardiovascular.

2) Internal medicine specialized Gastroenterological, Respiratory, Hematology, and Oncology.

3) Surgery specialized Upper and Lower gastroenterological, Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Respiratory, Mammary gland, and Thyroid.

4) Orthopedic surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Dermatology, and Oral surgery.

Less-experienced and more-experienced oncology was defined by the data from the cancer patient hospital register.

Akashi et al.

Akashi et al. BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:7   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-7

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