Table 4

Physicians' expectations from the treatment plan

Life prolongation

n = 65 (100%)

Improvement of comfort

n = 179 (100%)


Pathology

Cancer

32 (49.2%)

94 (52.5%)

p = 0.6501


Non-cancer

33 (50.8%)

85 (47.5%)


Age

< 75 years

37 (56.9%)

72 (40.2%)

p = 0.0204


≥ 75 years

28 (43.1%)

107 (59.8%)


Prognosis

≤ 3 months

5 (7.7%)

73 (40.8%)

p < 0.0001


> 3 months

56 (86.2%)

104 (58.1%)


≤ 1 year

33 (50.8%)

141 (78.8%)

p = 0.0019


> 1 year

28 (43.1%)

36 (20.1%)


Desmedt et al. BMC Palliative Care 2011 10:2   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-10-2

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