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Table 1 Survey responses for communication relevant to prognosis

From: Communicating prognostic uncertainty in potential end-of-life contexts: experiences of family members

Last place of care Palliative Care Unit Intensive Care Unit General Acute Total
Number of respondents 24 (36 %) 9 (13 %) 34 (51 %) 67 (100 %)
In the last two days of care, how well did the doctors, nurses, and other professional staff communicate about with patient and family about the illness and likely outcomes of care?
 Not satisfied 2 (8 %) 2 (22 %) 10 (29 %) 14 (20 %)
 Satisfied/somewhat satisfied 6 (25 %) 0 5 (15 %) 11 (16 %)
 Very satisfied 16 (67 %) 7 (78 %) 19 (56 %) 36 (54 %)
In (patient’s) last two days of care, how often were you or other family members kept informed about (patient’s condition) – always, usually, sometimes, never?
 Always 9 (37 %) 7 (78 %) 13 (38 %) 29 (43 %)
 Usually, sometimes, or never 15 (63 %) 2 (22 %) 21 (62 %) 38 (57 %)
Would you have wanted (some/more) information about what to expect while (he/she) was dying?
 No 15 (62 %) 6 (66 %) 16 (47 %) 37 (55 %)
 Yes 9 (38 %) 3 (33 %) 18 (53 %) 30 (45 %)