Table 3

Experiences with the use of ADs of older people who had and AD and with limited decision-making capacity before death (n = 120, rounded percentages)*
Older people with an AD who had limited decision-making capacity more than a week before death Older people with an AD who had limited decision-making capacity a week or less before death
n=36 n=84
(%) (%)
Responsible physician was aware of the existence of the AD(s)
Yes 83 87
No 6 2
Don’t know 11 11
Responsible physician was aware of the content of the AD(s)
Yes, fully 82 76
Yes, globally 14 21
No 4 3
Time of physician being informed about the AD(s)
Before illness 83 52
During illness 13 47
Close to the moment of death 4 2
Discussion about AD in the last week of life with physician
Yes, with patient 38 32
Yes, with proxy 33 17
No 21 41
Don’t know 8 10
Relative’s perspective on communication process about AD(s)
Good 48 63
Not good, not bad 12 11
Bad 32 11
No communication 8 10
Don’t know 0 5
Relative’s perspective on additional value of AD(s)
Additional 54 65
Neutral 17 18
Not additional 29 17
Relative’s perspective on influence of AD(s) on care
AD determined decisions 12 22
AD was (very) influential 31 28
AD had little influence 27 15
AD had no influence, because: 31 35
- did not relate to patient’s situation 15 17
- the physician did not want to cooperate 11 2
- the AD was signed too long ago 4 7

*Missings in all groups of all variables were less than 5% of the total N; 101 respondents of ADC sample and 19 respondents of LASA sample.

Difference between the two groups 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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