Table 2

 Characteristics of the 310 respondents

CharacteristicNo. (%)*
*Results shown in valid percentages; missing data <2% of total.
Demographics
    Male sex247 (80)
    Female sex63 (20)
    Median age (range 26–79 years)40
Religion
    Protestant88 (29)
    Other Christian93 (31)
    Jewish43 (14)
    Muslim14 (5)
    Hindu15 (5)
    Buddhist4 (1)
    Atheist/agnostic44 (14)
    Other3 (1)
Ethnicity
    Caucasian249 (82)
        Of which: Hispanic21 (7)
    African American8 (3)
    Native American2 (1)
    Asian42 (14)
    Other4 (1)
Country of birth
    USA206 (67)
    Central or South America17 (6)
    Europe19 (6)
    Asia36 (12)
    Africa5 (2)
    Middle East18 (6)
    Australia/New Zealand5 (2)
Ethics training
    Median no. ethics rounds attended (range 0–500)8
    Attended bioethics conference110 (36)
    Ever ethics committee member68 (22)
Confidence about ethical standards
    Very confident100 (33)
    Moderately confident183 (59)
    Not very confident23 (7)
    Not at all confident3 (1)
Access to an ethics consultation service, at primary site or elsewhere258 (83)
Type of practice
    Solo practice33 (11)
    Single specialty group120 (39)
    Multi-specialty group73 (24)
    University hospital/practice39 (13)
    Veterans Affairs/military8 (3)
    Other hospital-based19 (6)
    Resident or fellow13 (4)
    Other5 (2)
Medical faculty appointment136 (44)
Median % of managed care reimbursement (range 0–100)30
Main admitting hospital
    Public125 (41)
    Private179 (59)
    For profit54 (18)
    Not for profit242 (82)
    Median no. of patient beds (range 6–3450)400
No. of people in a 20 mile radius
    <50 00021 (7)
    50 000–100 00039 (13)
    100 000–250 00057 (19)
    250 000–500 00044 (14)
    >500 000147 (48)
Medical training
    Critical care114 (37)
    Internal medicine80 (26)
    Oncology116 (37)
    Entirely in the USA216 (70)
    Partly in the USA84 (27)
    Entirely abroad9 (3)
    MD subspecialty fellowship training244 (79)
Additional degrees45 (15)
    Master of Public Health8
    Other Masters14
    PhD21
    Law1
    Other1
Median total years in practice (range 2–57)16