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Table 2 Descriptive statistics of the responses from the physicians working in Critical and Intensive Care (CIC) settings and patients’ family members

From: Mismatch between physicians and family members views on communications about patients with chronic incurable diseases receiving care in critical and intensive care settings in Georgia: a quantitative observational survey

Responses
Physicians/patients’ family members
Never/Rarely Somewhat Often/Always Don’t know Overall P value
n (%) P value n (%) P value n (%) P value n (%) P value
Physicians
Q1.1. Do you talk with the patient and/or family members about the details, related to the possible deterioration of the health condition of the patient?
1 (1.5) 0.003 8 (12.3) 0.004 56 (86.2) <0.0001 0 0.48 <0.0001
Patients’ family members
Q2.1 Did the doctor talk with you, as the family member, about the details, related to the possible deterioration of the health condition of the patient?
10 (16.9) 20 (33.9) 28 (47.5) 1 (1.7)
Physicians
Q1.2 Do you inform the patient and/or family members, about the exact time interval the patient might live?
12 (18.5) 0.17 24 (36.9) 0.88 26 (40.0) 0.61 3 (4.6) 0.25 0.26
Patients’ family members
Q2.2 Did the doctor inform you, as the patient’s family member, about the exact time interval the patient might live?
17 (28.8) 21 (35.6) 21 (35.6) 0
Physicians
Q1.3 Do you discuss with the patient how his/her death may occur?
46 (70.8) 17 (26.2) 2 (3.1) 0
Patients’ family members
Physicians
Q1.4Do you discuss with the family members about how the patient’s death may occur?
10 (15.4) <0.0001 29 (44.6) 0.66 26 (40.0) 0.002 0 0.0004
Patients’ family members Q2.4 Did the doctor discuss with you about how the patient’s death may occur? 26 (4.1) 24 (40.7) 9 (15.3) 0
Physicians
Q1.5 Did you discuss the further treatment strategy (e.g. CPR, use of breathing support devices,) with the patient and/or family members?
3 (4.6) 0.07 7 (10.8) 0.02 55 (84.6) 0.001 0 00o0 0.004
Patients’ family members Q2.5 Did the doctor discuss with you the further treatment strategy e.g. CPR, use of breathing support devices? 9 (15.3) 16 (27.1) 34 (57.6) 0
Physicians
Q1.6 Do you talk to the patient and/or family member about life-related topics associated and important to the patient?
7 (10.8) <0.0001 33 (50.8) 0.002 23 (35.4) 0.10 2 (3.1) 0.81 <0.0001
Patients’ family members Q2.6 Did the doctor talk with you about life-related topics associated and important to the patient? 30 (50.8) 14 (23.7) 13 (22.0) 2 (3.4)
Physicians
Q1.7 Do you talk with the patient about his/her faith (religion)?
23 (40.0) <0.0001 23 (40.0) 0.02 11(16.9) 0.05 0 <0.0001
Patients’ family members Q2.7 Did the doctor talk with about the Patient’s faith (religion)? 46 (78.0) 10 (16.9) 3 (5.1) 0
Physicians
Q1.8 Do you respect the spiritual attitudes and religiousness of the patient?
0 (0.0) <0.0001 23 (35.4) 0.01 42 (64.6) <0.0001 0 (0.0) <0.0001 <0.0001
Patients’ family members Q2.8 Did the doctor show respect towards the patient’s spiritual attitudes and religiousness? 29 (49.2) 9 (15.3) 4 (6.8) 17 (28.8)
  Very difficult Somewhat Not at all Don’t know  
Physicians
Q1.9 Do you find it difficult to talk with the patient and/or his family about the patient’s death?
11 (16.9) 0.05 39 (60.0) 0.40 15 (23.1) 0.02 0 0.0219
Patients’ family members Q2.9 Was it difficult for the doctor to talk with you about the patient’s death? 3 (5.1) 31 (52.5) 25 (42.4) 0
  Negative Somewhat Positive Don’t know  
Physicians
Q1.10 How would you appraise your communication with the patient in general?
1 (15.0) 0.001 13 (20.0) <0.0001 51 (78.5) <0.0001 0 <0.0001
Patients’ family members Q2.10 How would you appraise doctors’ communication with you in general? 12 (20.3) 33 (55.9) 14 (23.7) 0