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Table 1 Characteristics of respondents

From: Determinants of tracheostomy decannulation: an international survey

Characteristic Physicians (n = 173) Respiratory therapists (n = 52)
Time since graduation in years, mean (standard deviation) 20.3 (9.7) 18.1 (8.4)
Principal work facility   
   Acute care 147 (85) 25 (48)
   Weaning 17 (10) 16 (31)
   Rehabilitation 7 (4) 3 (6)
   Chronic care 2 (1) 8 (15)
Experience with tracheostomized patients   
   <1 year 1 (1) 0 (0)
   1–5 years 20 (12) 5 (10)
   6–10 years 41 (24) 9 (17)
   11–20 years 71 (41) 12 (23)
   >20 years 40 (23) 26 (50)
Number of tracheostomized patients cared for per year   
   <11 patients 6 (3) 1 (2)
   11–20 patients 27 (16) 3 (6)
   21–50 patients 57 (33) 11 (21)
   51–100 patients 58 (34) 18 (35)
   >100 patients 25 (14) 19 (36)
Number of tracheostomized patients decannulated per year   
   0–1 patients 23 (13) 5 (10)
   2–5 patients 32 (18) 7 (13)
   6–10 patients 36 (21) 8 (15)
   11–20 patients 30 (17) 10 (19)
   >20 patients 52 (30) 22 (42)
  1. Data are expressed as number (percentage) unless otherwise indicated.