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Table 1 Characteristic of participants (n = 279)

From: The physician-nurse collaboration in truth disclosure: from nurses’ perspective

Variables n %
Age
  ≤ 25 36 12.9
 26–35 115 41.2
 36–45 101 36.2
  ≥ 46 27 9.7
Sex
 Male 6 2.2
 Female 273 97.8
Education
 Associate’s degree 63 22.6
 Bachelor’s degree 205 73.5
 Master’s degree 11 3.9
Hospital type*
 Tertiary hospital 226 81.0
 Secondary hospital 53 19.0
Clinical experience (year)
  ≤ 5 46 16.5
 6–10 67 24.0
 11–15 53 19.0
 16–20 44 15.8
  ≥ 21 69 24.7
Seniority (clinical)§
 Primary title 85 30.5
 Intermediate title 112 40.1
 Senior title 82 29.4
Frequency of truth telling
 Seldom 43 15.4
 Sometimes 116 41.6
 Often 77 27.6
 Always 43 15.4
  1. * According to <General hospital classification management standards (trial) > issued by Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China in 1989, the hospitals were divided into three levels (first level hospital, secondary hospital, and tertiary hospital) in mainland China depending on the tasks and functions. Usually, tertiary hospital offers a wide range of health services and undertakes more complex medical tasks compared to secondary hospital [27]
  2. §Seniority (clinical) is a reflection of professional title depending on education and working experience. The nurses who meet the requirements of education level and working experience can apply for the certification examination of certain professional title. Those who can pass the examination can get a certificate of a certain professional title (primary, intermediate, or senior)