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Table 1 Demographics and practice characteristics of Canadian nephrologists who participated in the survey

From: An assessment of dialysis provider’s attitudes towards timing of dialysis initiation in Canada

Characteristic Respondents (n) Percentage
Provinces
  British Columbia 18 12.9
  Alberta 26 18.4
  Saskatchewan 5 3.5
  Manitoba 8 5.7
  Ontario 46 32.6
  Quebec 31 22.0
  Nova Scotia 4 2.8
  New Brunswick 2 1.4
  Newfoundland 1 0.7
Years in practice
  0 – 5 20 14.1
  6 – 10 38 27
  11 – 15 32 22.7
  16 – 20 18 12.8
  >20 33 23.4
Practice environment
  Academic centre 95 67.4
  Community 34 24.1
  Mixture of both 12 8.5
Estimated size of population served
  <50,000 1 0.7
  50,000 – 200,000 21 15.0
  200,000 – 500,000 34 24.3
  >500,000 84 67.1
Estimated distribution of dialysis modality (population treated with each modality per centre)
  Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)§   
  0 – 100 78 63.9
  101 – 200 39 32.0
  >200 5 4.1
  Hemodialysis (HD)   
  0 – 250 57 46.3
  251 – 500 37 30.1
  >500 29 23.6
  Stage 5 CKD Not on Dialysis*   
  0 – 50 35 31.3
  51 – 100 15 13.4
  101 – 150 6 5.4
  151 – 200 10 8.9
  201 – 250 3 2.7
  >250 43 38.4
Use of smartphone or PDA in practice
  Yes 103 73.0
  No 38 27.0
Use of electronic medical record in practice
  Yes 99 70.2
  No 42 29.8
Journal reading (hours per week)
  0 1 0.7
  1-2 75 53.2
  3-4 39 27.7
  >4 26 18.4
Continuing medical education (hours per month)
  0 2 1.4
  1-2 19 13.6
  3-4 37 26.4
  >4 82 58.6
Conferences (per year)
  0 1 0.7
  1 34 24.1
  2 56 39.7
  3 24 17.0
  >3 26 18.4
  1. Note: Total number of survey respondents n = 141. Unless otherwise stated confidence intervals were calculated using the total number of survey respondents §122 respondents. 123 respondents. *112 respondents 140 respondents. HD, hemodialysis. This includes home nocturnal, in-centre short hemodialysis, and long conventional hemodialysis (described as >5 hours three times weekly), PDA, personal digital assistant.