Table 4

Role of the relative in decision-making for older people with limited decision-making capacity before death and with or without an appointed proxy AD (n=213, rounded percentages)
Older people without an appointed proxy AD Older people with an appointed proxy AD
n=163* n=50*
(%) (%)
Received care in accordance with preferences of patient
Yes 67 67
Partly 17 20
No 6 12
Don’t know 11 0
Patient’s satisfaction with contact between physician and patient
Satisfied 68 68
Neutral 22 19
Not satisfied 11 13
Don’t know
What influence in decision-making did relative have during the last 3 months
Determined decisions 6 10
Influential 45 45
Not very influential 17 20
Not influential 12 12
No decisions had to be made 20 12
Satisfaction of relative with their influence in decision-making
Satisfied 70 70
Neutral 23 16
Not satisfied 7 14
Satisfaction of relative with end-of-life care and consideration of preferences
Satisfied 78 74
Neutral 17 13
Not satisfied 5 13

*Missings in all groups of all variables were less than 5% of the total N; people without an appointed proxy AD: 54 respondents of ADC sample and 109 respondents of LASA sample; people with a proxy AD: 49 respondents of ADC sample and 1 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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