|Communication of physician with older people and their relatives and decision-making capacity before death (LASA-sample, n=165, rounded percentages)*|
|Full DMC||Limited DMC before death|
|total||more than a week before death||a week or less before death|
|Received care in general in accordance with preferences of patient†|
|Physician communicated understandably concerning treatment choices† ‡|
|Yes, to patient and relative||56||58||49||65|
|Yes, only to patient||6||5||2||8|
|Yes, only to relative||0||20||31||11|
|Patient satisfaction with contact between physician and patient†|
|Satisfaction of relative with contact between physician and patient|
|Satisfaction of relative with his/her contact with physician|
*Missing observations were less than 5% of the total n, except for the group ‘full DMC until death’, between 1 and 9 missing observations.
†Difference between the groups ‘limited DMC more than a week before death’ and ‘limited DMC a week or less before death’ significant (p < 0.05).
‡Difference between groups ‘full DMC until death’ and ‘limited DMC before death significant’ significant (p < 0.05).
Kaspers et al.
Kaspers et al. BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:1 doi:10.1186/1472-684X-12-1