Table 2

Profile of the study variables related to patients and physicians (n = 366)

Items

Number of cases (%) or mean ± SD (n)


Patient characteristics

Age (years)

37.15 ± 24.44(316)

Gender

Male

185 (51.5)

Female

174 (48.5)

Type of treatment

Elective or not urgently necessary

33 (9.0)

Other a

330 (91.0)

Severity of injury

Death

160 (43.7)

Other b

206 (56.3)

Patient's fault or treatment refusal

Presence

18 (4.9)

Absence

145 (95.1)

Question from the patient

Yes

100 (28.5)

No

251 (71.5)


Physician characteristics

Department where patients were treated

Surgical system

34 (34.0)

Other c

66 (66.0)

Type of medical facility

Clinic

79 (21.7)

Hospital

285 (78.3)

Number of physicians

1

195 (53.3)

2 or more

170 (46.4)

Gender

Male

294 (90.7)

Female

30 (9.3)

Medical standard

Standard care

302 (83.2)

Not standard care

61 (16.8)


a: "Other" includes "treatment is urgently necessary"(n = 6) and "other" (n = 324). b: "Other" includes temporary or permanent injury. c: "Other" includes internal medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, dermatology, dentistry, urology, and other departments.

Hamasaki and Hagihara BMC Medical Ethics 2011 12:7   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-12-7

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