Table 3

Characteristics of ethics committees

Medical School

Characteristics

Mean ± SD

Range


Total members

10.4 ± 2.6

6–22

External members (outside of medical school but within same college/university)

1.3 ± 1.3

0–6

External members (outside of same college/university)

1.4 ± 1.1

0–5

Female members

0.6 ± 0.9

0–6

Discipline of EC members

Basic medicine

2.7 ± 1.1

1–8

Clinical medicine

4.0 ± 1.6

1–8

Other medicine

0.7 ± 1.1

0–4

Nursing

0.3 ± 0.6

0–3

Other healthcare field

0.1 ± 0.4

0–3

Law

1.0 ± 0.6

0–3

Philosophy/Ethics

0.5 ± 0.6

0–3

Other Humanities and/or Social Sciences

0.4 ± 0.7

0–3

Administrative

0.2 ± 0.6

0–4

Other

0.5 ± 0.9

0–4


Akabayashi et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2007 8:8   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-8-8

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