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Table 1 Number and percentage of respondents who reported they had made a will or were considering making a will, and had had conversations with people close to them about end of life-related subjects, by age group

From: Discussing end of life wishes – the impact of community interventions?

Survey item Age Group  
  Under 35
(n = 48)
35 to 44
(n = 51)
45 to 54
(N = 70)
55 to 64
(N = 104)
65 to 74
(N = 147)
Over 75
(n = 76)
All ages
(n = 496)
Chi-square test for trend
Already has a will 0 (0%) 17 (33%) 35 (50%) 79 (67%) 132 (90%) 73 (95%) 335 (68%) P = < 0.001
Considering making a will 27 (58%) 29 (56%) 29 (41%) 20 (19%) 12 (8%) 2 (3%) 119 (24%) P = < 0.001
No will and not considering making one 21 (42%) 5 (10%) 6 (9%) 5 (5%) 3 (2%) 2 (3%) 42 (8%) P = < 0.001
Discussed own wishes for end of life care 13 (27%) 20 (39%) 37 (52%) 57 (55%) 81 (55%) 44 (60%) 252/495(51%) P = < 0.001
Discussed own wishes for after death 15 (31%) 23 (45%) 46 (65%) 66 (64%) 83 (57%) 52 (74%) 285/489(58%) P = < 0.001
Discussed another’s wishes for end of life care 23 (48%) 29 (57%) 43 (61%) 60 (57%) 78 (53%) 30 (42%) 263/492(54%) NS
Discussed another’s wishes for after death 22 (46%) 27 (54%) 48 (69%) 59 (57%) 73 (51%) 25 (36%) 254/484(53%) NS
Comforted somebody who has been bereaved 45 (94%) 38 (75%) 63 (89%) 95 (91%) 116 (79%) 58 (81%) 415/492(84%) NS