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Table 1 Demographic and professional characteristics of participants (n = 417)

From: Physicians’ attitudes toward medical and ethical challenges for patients in the vegetative state: comparing Canadian and German perspectives in a vignette survey

Variable Canadian sample (n = 249) German sample (n = 168)
No. (%)
Gender (n = 395)
  Female 63 (27) 47 (30)
  Male 175 (74) 110 (70)
Primary discipline*
  Neurology 114 (46) 161 (96)
  Neurosurgery 41 (17) 1 (1)
  Rehabilitation medicine 42 (17) 20 (12)
  Emergency medicine 35 (14) - -
  Others (e.g., anesthesiology) 10 (4) 20 (12)
Health care setting*
  In-patient care 185 (74) 115 (69)
  Out-patient care 197 (79) 62 (37)
Type of care*
  Acute care 159 (64) 71 (42)
  Rehabilitation care 47 (19) 36 (21)
  Long-term care 26 (10) 17 (10)
Professional experience with patients in the VS (n = 383)
  0 cases 28 (13) 2 (1)
  1-10 cases 123 (55) 94 (60)
  > 20 cases 73 (33) 63 (40)
Religious practice (n = 398)
  Practicing religion 99 (41) 92 (58)
  Not practicing religion 141 (59) 66 (42)
Spiritual beliefs (n = 392)
  Spiritual beliefs 132 (56) 100 (64)
  No spiritual beliefs 104 (44) 56 (36)
Median; 1 st , 3 rd quartile (range)
  Age (years) 53; 41,59 (30 – 81) 43; 37,48 (27 – 80)
  Experience (years) 21; 9,30 (<1 – 56) 15; 10;22 (2 – 51)
  1. *Multiple answers permitted.