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Table 3 Translated questionnaire with main results

From: Smart marketing may improve public understanding of the anesthesia profession

Question Number of answers (% of answers)
What do you think is the training of an anesthesiologist? 492
  Medical Doctor (MD) 454 (92.3)
  Nurse 17 (3.5)
  Technician 10 (2.0)
  Other 11 (2.2)
Who do you think is responsible for the patient’s well-being during surgery? 442
  The surgeon 209 (47.3)
  The anesthesiologist 210 (47.5)
  The nurse 11 (2.5)
  Other 12 (2.7)
From the list below who do you think it is important to choose ahead of time? 500
  The surgeon 141 (28.2)
  The anesthesiologist 19 (3.8)
  Both 333 (66.6)
  Neither 7 (1.4)
During which stages of surgery do you think the anesthesiologist takes care of the patient? 489
  At the beginning of surgery 60 (12.3)
  At the conclusion of surgery 0 (0)
  Throughout the entire operation 262 (53.6)
  In the recovery room after surgery 6 (1.2)
  Throughout the entire operation and in the recovery room 161 (32.9)
Do you think the anesthesiologist is present in the operating room during the entire operation? 496
  Yes 373 (75.2)
  No 31 (6.3)
  The anesthesiologist goes in and out of the operating room as necessary 69 (13.9)
  The anesthesiologist provides anesthesia in the beginning of the operation and returns to wake the patient up when surgery is over 23 (4.6)
What are the anesthesiologist’s responsibilities? 489
  To make sure the patient is anesthetized 40 (8.0)
  To maintain normal function of the patient’s heart, lungs, brain, kidneys and all other vital organs 15 (3.1)
  To wake up the patient at the end of surgery 5 (1.0)
  To cooperate with the surgeon 12 (2.5)
  All of the above 412 (84.3)
  None of the above 5 (1.0)
In your opinion, which is more dangerous? 497
  Surgery 51 (10.3)
  Anesthesia 69 (13.9)
  Both to the same extent 377 (75.9)
What, in your opinion, is the reason for the shortage of anesthesiologists in Israel? 457
  Lack of interest in this practice 54 (11.8)
  Long period of training 28 (6.1)
  The practice is financially unrewarding 160 (35.0)
  Low image of this profession 215 (47.0)
In Which of the following sites does the anesthesiologist work? (you may mark several answers) 500
  Operating room 490 (98.0)
  Recovery room 303 (60.6)
  Delivery room 304 (60.8)
  Trauma room 193 (38.6)
  Pediatric sedation for painful procedures 238 (47.6)
  Resuscitations 108 (21.6)
  Intensive care unit 230 (46.0)
  Pain clinic 169 (33.8)
  Pre-anesthesia clinic 309 (61.8)
On a scale of 1 to 5 (where 1 = no fear at all and 5 = very frightened) how much are you afraid of - mean ± SD
  Surgery (N = 497) 3.47 ± 1.2*
  Anesthesia (N = 497) 3.57 ± 1.3*
  1. *Difference between fear of surgery and anesthesia is statistically significant (p < 0.05).