Table 1

Demographics of nominal group participants

GroupnMale:femaleAge median (range)Years of experience
Median (range)
Phase 1
 Residents/representatives63:380–89 (70–79 to 90+)3.0 (1–14)
 GPs139:450–59 (20–29 to 60–69)27.0 (5–44)
 Nurses62:430–39 (20–29 to 60–69)9.0 (1–30)
 Pharmacists95:440–49 (30–39 to 60–69)23.0 (8–42)
Phase 2
 Residents/representatives51:460–69 (40–49 to 60–69)No answers given
 GPs62:440–49 (30–39 to 60–69)15.5 (8–28)
 Nurses60:650–59 (20–29 to 60–69)23.5 (3–39)
 Pharmacists52:350–59 (30–39 to 60–69)28 (13–33)
Overall
 Residents/representatives114:770–79 (40–49 to 90+)3.0 (1–14)
 GPs1911:850–59 (20–29 to 60–69)26.5 (5–39)
 Nurses122:1050–59 (20–29 to 60–69)13.5 (1–39)
 Pharmacists147:750–59 (30–39 to 60–69)28.0 (8–42)
  • Years of experience=number of years since initial registration as a health professional, or the number of years residents had been living in a LTCF.

  • GPs, general medical practitioners; LTCFs, long-term care facilities.