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Table 1 Description of subjects

From: Public appraisal of government efforts and participation intent in medico-ethical policymaking in Japan: a large scale national survey concerning brain death and organ transplant

Attribute Category: number (frequency %); and/or average (sd)
Age 20s: 81 (8.1), 30s: 130 (13.1), 40s: 186 (18.7), 50s: 231 (23.2), 60s: 218 (21.9), over 70: 149 (14.9)
Sex male: 491 (49.7), female: 498 (50.4)
Education junior high: 170 (17.2), senior high: 459 (46.4), vocational: 87 (8.8), vocational high: 10 (1.0), community college: 72 (7.3), college: 182 (18.4), grad school: 10 (1.0)
Occupation private enterprise: 268 (27.3), civil service: 58 (5.9), self-employed: 153 (15.6), part-time: 100 (10.2), housekeeping: 240 (24.4), student: 18 (1.8), others: 147 (14.9)
Hospitalization (past 5 years) none: 756 (76.0), once: 181 (18.2), repeated for a disease: 33 (3.3), several times for multiple reasons: 25 (2.5)
CurrentHealthCondition healthy: 359 (36.2), relatively healthy: 545 (55.0), unhealthy: 87 (8.8)
FirstAttentionPeriod Per1 : 230 (23.7), Per2: 114 (11.8), Per3: 138 (14.2), Per4: 326 (33.6), Per5: 135 (13.9), Per7: 27 (2.8)
OpinionFormationPeriod Per2: 97 (11.0), Per3: 73 (8.3), Per4: 257 (29.2), Per5: 188 (21.4), Per7: 265 (30.1)
KnowDonorCard yes: 894 (91.0), no: 89 (9.1)
KnowGovtEfforts (score range: 0–7) 0: 92 (9.2), 1: 295 (29.5), 2: 233 (23.3), 3: 168 (16.8), 4: 129 (12.9), 5: 60 (6.0), 6:22 (2.2); average: 2.22 (1.48); Cronbach's alpha: 0.603
Appraisal of past governmental efforts (score range: 1–5) sufficient: 35 (3.6), relatively sufficient: 222 (22.7), relatively insufficient: 178 (18.2), insufficient: 121 (12.4), do not know any efforts: 424 (43.3) Average:3.69 (1.32)
Participation intent(score range: 1–4) yes: 35 (3.5), relatively yes: 344 (34.7), relatively no: 531 (53.5), no: 82 (8.3)
  1. Note: Notation of Periods; Per1:1985 (MHW Brain death standard), Per2:1989 (Brain death ad hoc council set), Per3:1992 (Brain death ad hoc council rep), Per4:1997 (Law adopted), Per5:1999 (TPBD first conducted), Per6:2002 (15 cases done), Per7:(not yet accepted, not yet decided, not interested).
  2. KnowGovtEfforts: Score of the knowledge about the past government efforts, calculated as the number of items known. Items comprise Opinion polls & hearings, Expert councils, Public statements and announcements, Referendum, Town meeting & roundtables, Public comments, and Others.