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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of survey respondents

From: Willingness to participate in a randomized trial comparing catheters to fistulas for vascular access in incident hemodialysis patients: an international survey of nephrologists

  Canada Europe Australia/NZ
n (%) n (%) n (%)
Age    
 <35 28 (16.7) 3 (10.3) 10 (19.6)
 35–50 93 (55.4) 11 (37.9) 30 (58.8)
 51–65 39 (23.2) 15 (51.7) 11 (21.6)
 >65 8 (4.8)   
Years in practice    
 <5 37 (22) 3 (10.3) 18 (35.3)
 5 to 10 35 (20.8) 5 (17.2) 10 (19.6)
 10 to 15 33 (19.6) 3 (10.3) 7 (13.7)
 >15 53 (31.5) 18 (62.1) 12 (23.5)
Percentage of time spent in direct patient care    
 <25 % 11 (6.5) 2 (6.9) 3 (5.9)
 25–50 % 28 (16.7) 4 (13.8) 10 (19.6)
 51–75 % 61 (36.3) 9 (31) 14 (27.5)
 >75 % 68 (40.5) 14 (48.3) 24 (47.1)
Primary hospital affiliation is in urban center 157 (93.5) 27 (93.1) 43 (84.3)
Self-identified vascular access expert 26 (15.5) 16 (55.2) 7 (13.7)
Primary hospital has a nephrology fellowship training program 115 (68.5) 23 (79.3) 45 (88.2)
Risk of primary failure of fistulas at local center    
 <25 % 52 (31) 20 (69) 30 (58.8)
 25–50 % 63 (37.5) 8 (27.6) 8 (15.7)
 51–75 % 8 (4.8) - 1 (2)
 Do not know 45 (26.8) 1 (3.4) 12 (23.5)
  1. NZ New Zealand