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Table 1 Participant characteristics

From: Understanding complexity – the palliative care situation as a complex adaptive system

  Clinical experts Experts with financial and politicy focus
Participant characteristics (n = 42) total Physician Nurse Social Worker total Financial focus Political focus Healthcare systems researchers
  n = 27 n = 16 n = 10 n = 1 n = 15 n = 8 n = 5 n = 2
Gender
 Male 13 7 6   11 6 3 2
 Female 14 9 4 1 4 2 2  
Actual work setting (multiple count)
 Palliative care hospital unit 11 7 4   10 6 4  
 General care hospital unit 1 1 0   3   3  
 Hospital support team 6 5 1   7 4 3  
 Specialized palliative home care 10 5 4 1 7 3 4  
 General palliative home care 5 3 2   4   4  
 Hospice 4 2 2   4 1 3  
Experience (median, range)
Years of palliative care experience 15, 3–30 20, 10–30 14, 3–25 15 10.5, 1–14 7.5, 1–30 11, 10–27 10, n/a
University affiliation
 Yes 5 3 2    Not applicable  
 No 22 13 8 1
Area
 urban 22 12 9 1   Not applicable  
 rural 5 4 1      
Geographical region
 North 4 3   1     
 East 4 2 2      
 South 13 9 4   5 5   
 West 6 2 4      
 national      10 3 5 2
  1. Notes Table 1: Some participants were working in multiple care settings, e.g. a specialized palliative home care physician also working in a hospice. The social worker and one nurse were coordinators working at the interface of general and specialized care. One healthcare systems researcher wasn’t able to make an adequate guess in the working-experience with palliative care – the topic was not taken on at a specific point in time but was part of the overall research on healthcare systems