TABLE 1

Characteristics of ME/Cs in the Sample Population

CharacteristicNUnweighted %Weighted % (95% CI)
Age, y
202920.51.8 (0.3–9.5)
 30–39328.514.8 (7.3–27.8)
 40–499023.918.4 (12.7–25.9)
 50–5912834.033.9 (23.4–46.3)
 60–699324.722.9 (16.1–31.4)
 70+236.16.8 (3.7–12.2)
 No response92.41.4 (0.6–3.3)
Sex
Male27372.470.5 (56.8–81.3)
 Female9725.728.4 (17.6–42.3)
 No response71.91.1 (0.4–3.0)
Title or position
 Medical examiner14939.527.0 (19.2–36.5)
 Coroner14839.347.1 (36.3–58.1)
 Multiple or no response8021.226.0 (15.5–40.2)
Medical examiner and highest level of education attained
 High school graduate000.0 (0.0–2.4)
 Some college10.71.0 (0.2–5.7)
 2-y college graduate10.75.3 (0.9–26.1)
 4-y college graduate32.01.3 (0.3–5.0)
 Postgraduate study14496.692.4 (74.6–98.1)
Coroner and highest level of education attained
 High school graduate85.45.1 (2.1–11.8)
 Some college3624.322.5 (13.9–34.2)
 2-y college graduate2516.929.9 (18.3–44.8)
 4-y college graduate3121.013.7 (8.5–21.3)
 Postgraduate study4832.428.8 (18.9–41.3)
Years of experience as a medical examiner or coroner
 <130.80.5 (0.1–2.2)
 12287.412.6 (5.9–24.7)
 3–54311.419.1 (9.8–34.0)
 6–105815.415.4 (9.4–24.3)
 11–156116.215.2 (10.0–22.4)
 16–205815.412.3 (7.7–19.0)
 >2012031.823.7 (17.1–32.0)
 No response61.61.2 (0.5–2.9)
Type of officea
 State medical examiner office349.010.9 (6.4–18.0)
 District/regional medical examiner office4110.97.2 (3.9–12.9)
 County medical examiner office10026.512.7 (7.9–19.7)
 City medical examiner office82.10.4 (0.1–1.7)
 District/regional coroner office82.14.3 (1.8–9.9)
 County coroner office18549.159.0 (48.2–69.0)
 Private pathology office10.30.3 (0.1–1.7)
 Other297.710.9 (6.2–18.5)
 Unknown20.50.3 (0.1–1.5)
Size of population the participant’s office serves
 250 000 or more18950.125.1 (18.1–33.7)
 25 000250 00014137.444.4 (34.0–55.4)
 Fewer than 25 0004010.623.5 (14.8–35.3)
 Not sure or no response71.96.9 (1.4–27.8)
  • a Indicates a question in which respondents could select all that apply, so N may sum to >377 and percent may sum to >100%.