Table 2

Respondent characteristics
Japan Taiwan U.S.
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Occupation Nurse 4,047 (58.1) 5,714 (57.0) 106,710 (36.6)
Patient Care Assistant/Hospital Aide/Care Partner 228 (3.3) 148 (1.5) 16,529 (5.7)
Physician 597 (8.5) 961 (9.7) 11,881 (4.1)
Pharmacist 171 (2.5) 448 (4.5) 5,203 (1.8)
Dietician 221 (3.2) 31 (0.3) 1,739 (0.6)
Unit Assistant/Clerk/Secretary 237 (3.4) 166 (1.7) 17,982 (6.2)
Respiratory Therapist 0 (0.0) 38 (0.4) 6,710 (2.3)
Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapist 133 (1.9) 253 (2.5) 8,109 (2.8)
Technician (e.g. EKG, Lab, Radiology) 543 (7.8) 718 (7.2) 32,097 (11.0)
Administration/Management 562 (8.1) 1,029 (10.3) 20,292 (7.0)
Others 187 (2.7) 277 (2.8) 54,028 (18.5)
No answer 37 (0.5) 236 (2.4) 10,061 (3.5)
Years in current profession Less than 1 year 605 (8.7) 896 (8.9) 17,977 (6.2)
1–5 years 2,142 (30.8) 3,687 (36.8) 72,504 (24.9)
6–10 years 1,366 (19.6) 2,643 (26.4) 49,500 (17.0)
11–15 years 891 (12.8) 1,413 (14.1) 36,127 (12.4)
16–20 years 617 (8.9) 695 (6.9) 32,174 (11.0)
21 years or more 1,005 (14.4) 508 (5.1) 68,607 (23.5)
No answer 337 (4.8) 177 (1.8) 14,452 (5.0)
Working hours in hospital Less than 20 hours per week 439 (6.3) 113 (1.1) 12,948 (4.4)
20–39 hours per week 1,206 (17.3) 1,303 (13.0) 104,958 (36.0)
40–59 hours per week 3,936 (56.5) 7,380 (73.7) 141,250 (48.5)
60–79 hours per week 513 (7.4) 728 (7.3) 12,136 (4.2)
80–99 hours per week 80 (1.1) 190 (1.9) 7,445 (2.6)
100 hours per week or more 13 (0.2) 83 (0.8) 343 (0.1)
No answer 776 (11.1) 222 (2.2) 12,261 (4.2)
Number of events reported in the past 12 months No event reports 2,428 (34.9) 4,894 (48.8) 147,892 (50.8)
1–2 event reports 2,609 (37.5) 3,201 (31.9) 80,018 (27.5)
3–5 event reports 1,362 (19.6) 1,091 (10.9) 35,716 (12.3)
6–10 event reports 377 (5.4) 349 (3.5) 12,552 (4.3)
11–20 event reports 73 (1.0) 101 (1.0) 4,587 (1.6)
21 event reports or more 35 (0.5) 71 (0.7) 3,021 (1.0)
No answer 79 (1.1) 312 (3.1) 7,555 (2.6)
Patient safety grade†† Failing 66 (0.9) 37 (0.4) 2,139 (0.7)
Poor 479 (6.9) 442 (4.4) 12,614 (4.3)
Acceptable 3,015 (43.3) 4,662 (46.5) 62,801 (21.6)
Very Good 2,803 (40.3) 3,345 (33.4) 130,707 (44.9)
Excellent 299 (4.3) 432 (4.3) 75,348 (25.9)
No answer 301 (4.3) 1,101 (11.0) 7,732 (2.7)
Total 6,963 10,019 291,341

Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, or Licensed Practical Nurse.

Attending Physician, Staff Physician, Resident Physician, Physician in Training, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner.

††Self-appraisal of overall grade with regard to patient safety in respondent’s unit or department.

Fujita et al.

Fujita et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:20   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-20

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