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Table 1 General demographics

From: Patient participation in Dutch ethics support: practice, ideals, challenges and recommendations—a national survey

Respondens/gender
No one indicated ‘other’ as gender
Female 58 78.4%
Male 16 21.6%
Profession
Physician 3 3.9%
Nurse 6 7.8%
Spiritual care 20 26.0%
Social worker 2 2.6%
Administrator 1 1.3%
Policy maker 8 10.4%
Lawyer 3 3.9%
Ethicist 11 14.3%
Researcher 5 6.5%
Other 18 23.4%
Case setting
The % exceeds 100% since individuals can work in more than 1 setting
General hospital 15 19.2%
Academic hospital 21 26.9%
Elderly care org 13 16.7%
Mental health org 6 7.7%
Disability (mental) care 14 17.9%
Home care 2 2.6%
Other 17 21.8%
Ethics support role
The % exceeds 100% since individuals can have more than 1 role
Member of ethics committee (not research ethics board) 19 25.0%
Chief ethics committee (not REB) 3 3.9%
Moral case deliberator 47 61.8%
Member of ethics working group (not REB) 11 14.5%
Chief/coordinator ethics working group (not REB) 9 11.8%
Ethics consultant/ethics support 17 22.4%
Moral Counselor 6 7.9%
Other 14 18.4%
Experience as ethics support person (years)
51% of our respondents had between 0 and 5 years experience in a role of ethics support
Time per month actually functioning in case-based ethics support (n = 47 of 46?)
More than half of our respondents would average 1–5 h on the case-based ethics support per month
Time per month available as ethics support person
50% of our respondents functioned between 0 and 5 h/m in ethics support role (irrespective of case-based support)
Method of ethics support
The % exceeds 100% since individuals can apply more than 1 method
Methods, such as the 4-box method, one of the US models, were also included. However, no one checked this method, so it does not appear in the results section
No method 3 6.4%
Socratic dialogue 17 36.2%
“Utrechts stappenplan” 4 8.5%
Nijmegen method 6 12.8%
Dilemma method 23 48.9%
7 Phase model 3 6.4%
Care-ethics method 5 10.6%
Relief method 11 23.4%
Mixed method 19 40.4%
Other 8 17.0%
Impairment of patients in case-based ethics support
The % exceeds 100% since individuals can have more than 1 impairment
Mental illness/mental disability 17 56.7%
Psychiatric impairment 22 73.3%
Cognitive disability e.g. dementia 20 66.7%
Disorder of consciousness 7 23.3%