Table 1

Personal and clinical characteristics of patients (n = 157) admitted to the general internal medicine wards who were assessed for mental capacity to consent to treatment.

Age in years +/- Standard deviation

68.6

+/- 18.2



%

N


Male gender

40.8

64



Highest level of education


Primary School

80.9

127


High school

10.2

16


College/University

8.9

14



Place of residence before admission


Independent home or flat

73.9

116


Health care at home

24.2

38


Nursing home

1.9

3



Marital Status


Married/in couple

42.7

67


single

14.0

22


Divorced

15.3

24


Widowed

28.0

44



Reason for hospitalization


cardiovascular disorder

24.8

39


pulmonary disorder

29.3

46


digestive disorder

21.0

33


Others disorders (renal, urogenital, metabolic, osteoarticular, neurologic, etc.)

24.9

39



Co-morbidities


cardiovascular

70.0

110


pulmonary

38.9

61


digestive

39.5

62


renal

38.2

60


metabolic

38.9

61


osteoarticular

30.6

48


urogenital

23.6

37


neurologic

19.1

30


psychiatric

15.9

25


Fassassi et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2009 10:15   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-10-15

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