Table 1

Respondents’ background characteristics
Respondents (n = 311) Average ± SD Minimum value Maximum value
Age 49 ± 8 28 75
Years of experience 23 ± 8 4 50
Responses %
Institution (n = 549) *
 Core cancer treatment hospital (n = 388) 226 58.2
 Palliative Care Unit in medical institution (n = 161) 79 49.1
n %
Age group
 20–29 years 1 0.3
 30–39 years 39 12.8
 40–49 years 119 39.1
 50–59 years 118 38.8
 ≥ 60 years 27 8.9
Sex
 Male 273 90.1
 Female 30 9.9
Palliative Care Specialists certified by JSPM**
 Specialists (including provisional medical advisors) 128 41.2
 Non-specialists 183 58.8
Region*** Hokkaido–Tohoku Kanto Chubu Kinki Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu–Okinawa
 Number of questionnaires distributed 79 116 92 91 47 27 97
 Number of responses 26 43 41 33 25 11 37
 Response rate (%) 32.9 37.1 44.6 36.3 53.2 40.7 38.1

*Six responses had missing institution data, and ***95 responses had missing region data.

** JSPM: Japan Society for Palliative Medicine.

Iwase et al.

Iwase et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:222   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-222

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