Table 1

Group sizes and characteristics of organizations

ID

Group

group size

sample

(contacted)

response

rate

final group

size

(analyzed)

proportion

(of all

analyzed)

characteristics

(examples)

all groups

442

67%

301

100%


A

patient organizations

42

57%

24

8%

umbrella organizations of self-help groups and senior citizens interest groups, federation of German consumer centres

B

medical associations

100

78%

79

26%

scientific medical societies, associations of statutory health insurance physicians on federal and national level

C

nursing organizations

22

77%

17

6%

umbrella organizations of nursing care, federal working commitee of nursing

D

health insurance funds

82

63%

55

18%

associations of health insurance funds on federal and national level, umbrella organizations of health insurance funds

E

political institutions

45

49%

24

8%

state and federal ministries of health, health-care policy spokespeople of the different political parties

F

specialized palliative care

54

65%

39

13%

associations and umbrella organizations of palliative and hospice care on federal and national level

G

others*

97

72%

63

21%

charity and clerical institutions, associations for physiotherapy, federal joint committee


* not included in the comparison of the groups because of the strong heterogeneity

Lueckmann et al. BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:10   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-8-10

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