Table 2

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
n=39 n=126 n=56 n=70
(%) (%) (%) (%)
Received care in general in accordance with preferences of patient
Yes 71 71 60 81
Partly 8 12 13 10
No 3 3 7 0
Don’t know 18 14 20 9
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
No 19 9 13 6
Don’t know 19 8 6 11
Patient satisfaction with contact between physician and patient
(Very) satisfied 71 67 54 77
Neutral 18 14 13 15
(Very) unsatisfied 0 2 4 0
Don’t know 12 18 30 9
Satisfaction of relative with contact between physician and patient
(Very) satisfied 79 75 71 79
Neutral 12 18 20 16
(Very) unsatisfied 9 7 9 5
Satisfaction of relative with his/her contact with physician
(Very) satisfied 81 73 69 76
Neutral 10 18 20 16
(Very) unsatisfied 10 9 11 8

*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

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