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Table 2 Relatives' attitudes towards their patients' quality of life

From: The families evaluation on management, care and disclosure for terminal stage cancer patients

Questionnaire items Percentage (%) of Relatives'
  Responding 'yes' n 'sometimes' n 'no' n
1) Do you believe that patient should fully be informed       
   a) for the diagnosis? 23% 34 56% 82 20.5% 30
   b) for the prognosis of the disease? 23% 34 51% 74 26% 38
2) Do you agree the patient to be informed       
   a) for the possible treatment choices? 71% 104 24% 35 5% 7
   b) for the percentage effectiveness? 51% 74 37% 54 12% 18
   c) for the complications or the side-effects of the treatment? 53% 77 33% 48 15% 21
4) Do you believe that patient should be informed before amputative/disfiguring operations? 68.5% 100 21% 31 10% 15
5) Would you like for the caring and treatment of cancer patients to be involved       
   a) the health care team? 81.5% 119 16% 24 2.% 3
   b) physicians from various specialties Cooperating as necessary? 76% 111 12% 17 12% 18
6) Would you like to cooperate with psychological support specialists? 44% 64 34% 50 22% 32
7) Would you like to cooperate with a social worker? 78% 114 19% 28 3% 4
8) In the final stage of the patient would you prefer to inform him/her for the palliative nature of the treatment? 67% 98 24% 35 9% 13
9) Would you like to discuss with the patient his/her fears on death? 44% 64 28% 41 28% 41
10) In order to prolong the life of cancer patient for a few days in the final stage, would you choose the intensive care unit? 30% 44 1 30% 44 39% 58
11) Do you believe that the advanced cancer patient when he/she receives the appropriate care should:       
   a) be hospitalized 32% 47 30% 44 38% 55
   b) remain at home 57% 83 23% 34 20% 29
12) According to your opinion, the dying patient should:       
   a) remain at hospital? 34% 50 34% 50 31.5* 46
   b) die at home? 41% 60 29% 42 30% 44
13) In order to prolong the life of cancer patient for a few days in the final stage, is communication and support from the relatives and friends important? 96% 140 4% 6 0 0