Table 1

Professional characteristics of the participants

Years of experience in profession
Nursing assistant370155251
Medical secretary160030121
  • *Five of the physicians were specialists (three specialists in emergency medicine, one double specialist in emergency medicine and surgery and one specialist in internal medicine with concurrent residency in emergency medicine). Twenty-one of the physicians were residents in emergency medicine. Four of the physicians were residents in another programme and one physician was an intern. Of the 25 residents, 5 were first year; 5 were second year; 2 were third year; 4 were fourth year; and 9 were fifth year. In Sweden, physicians carry out an 18 monthlong internship after graduating from medical school, followed by 5 years of residency.