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Table 1 Sample characteristics

From: Professionals’ self-rated quality of care and its relation to competence, national guidelines and policies - a cross-sectional study among Finnish elderly care workers

Gender N (%)      
Female 1845 (92.4)a      
Male 87 (4.4)a      
Age (yrs)
Range 19–75      
Mean 43.2      
Occupational status N (%)      
Practical nurse (PN) 1499 (75.1)      
Registered nurse (RN) or other bachelor level education 314 (15.7)      
Head nurse, supervisor (HN) 184 (9.2)      
QoC mean (SD)b 8.14 (0.97)      
Self-asessed professional competence good in
  %d PNd RNd HNd Non-institutionalized cared Institutionalized cared
Pain treatment 63,7 61,6 70,9 68,5 56,2 64,4
SSDMDc 62,0 61,6 60,5 67,0 58,0 62,9
Enhancing rehabilitation 70,1 69,7 68,5 76,2 67,2 70,1
Nutrition 67,9 69,0 63,1 67,0 67,3 67,5
Falls prevention 63,8 65,2 63,0 54,1 61,5 64,3
Palliative/end of life care 47,7 44,7 54,5 61,1 32,6 53,0
Multidimensional assessment of function 39,7 37,3 48,1 45,1 39,6 39,4
Pharmacological treatment 58,7 55,0 71,4 67,2 58,9 56,3
Have you at your workplace addressed Yes (%) PNe RNe HNe Non-institutionalized caree Institutionalized caree
The Act for elderly care? 61,7 60,5 56,3 80,3 57,5 64,4
Quality recommendations? 56,9 57,6 43,5 73,2 48,7 61,1
National Memory policy? 19,3 19,7 14,8 23,6 14,2 22,1
Development program for informal care? 13,8 14,2 10,9 15,5 12,2 14,8
Prevention of home and leisure accident injuries? 17,8 17,6 17,9 19,1 20,3 17,3
  1. aPercentage of those who responded the question
  2. bQuality of care provided in the work unit on a scale from 4 (the worst) to 10 (the best)
  3. cSupporting the self-determination of a person with memory disorders
  4. dPercentage of those who assessed their competence ‘good’
  5. ePercentage of those who had addressed the guideline or policy