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Table 2 Distribution of score categories, and mean scores for how comfortable baseline survey respondents stated they were about talking with close friends and family about different aspects of end of life preferences, or comforting a person who has been bereaved

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

Survey item Survey Response
Very uncomfortable
(1 or 2)
Quite uncomfortable
(3 or 4)
Neutral
(5 or 6)
Quite comfortable
(7 or 8)
Very comfortable
(9 or 10)
Talking about own end of life care 8 (2%) 29 (6%) 58 (12%) 117 (24%) 283 (57%)
Talking about own wishes for after death 8 (2%) 29 (6%) 56 (12%) 113 (23%) 283 (58%)
Talking about another’s end of life care 9 (2%) 34 (7%) 80 (17%) 124 (26%) 236 (49%)
Talking about another’s wishes for after death 9 (2%) 32 (6%) 80 (17%) 126 (26%) 236 (49%)
Comforting somebody who is bereaved 4 (1%) 22 (5%) 54 (11%) 143 (29%) 266 (54%)
Survey item - Mean score (95% CI) Age Group
  Under 35 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 to 74 Over 75 All ages
Talking about own end of life care 7.77 (7.07 to 8.47) 7.82 (7.15 to 8.49) 8.32 (7.83 to 8.82) 8.26 (7.83 to 8.69) 8.63 (8.32 to 8.95) 8.59 (8.04 to 9.14) 8.28 (8.08 to 8.48)
Talking about own wishes for after death 7.65 (6.93 to 8.36) 7.68 (6.99 to 8.37) 8.49 (8.01 to 8.96) 8.26 (7.83 to 8.68) 8.47 (8.13 to 8.81) 8.84 (8.37 to 9.32) 8.28 (8.08 to 8.47)
Talking about another’s end of life care 7.15 (6.39 to 7.90) 7.40 (6.67 to 8.04) 7.79 (7.22 to 8.37) 7.85 (7.40 to 8.30) 8.41 (8.11 to 8.71) 8.41 (7.85 to 8.96) 7.93 (7.73 to 8.13)
Talking about another’s wishes for after death 6.92 (6.15 to 7.68) 7.48 (6.81 to 8.15) 7.84 (7.28 to 8.40) 8.05 (7.64 to 8.46) 8.30 (7.99 to 8.61) 8.55 (8.00 to 9.09) 7.95 (7.76 to 8.15)
Comforting somebody who has been bereaved 8.02 (7.42 to 8.62) 7.68 (7.06 to 8.30) 8.18 (7.71 to 8.65) 8.22 (7.84 to 8.59) 8.62 (8.32 to 8.92) 8.94 (8.55 to 9.33) 8.33 (8.15 to 8.51)
Survey item - Mean score difference Under 65/65 and over   Previously talked about the subject/not talked about it
Talking about own end of life care 0.45 (p = 0.02)   1.18 (p = < 0.001)   
Talking about own wishes for after death 0.48 (p = 0.019)   1.88 (p = < 0.001)   
Talking about another’s end of life care 0.72 (p = < 0.001)   1.31 (p = < 0.001)   
Talking about another’s wishes for after death 0.66 (p = 0.001)   1.47 (p = < 0.001)   
Comforting somebody who has been bereaved 0.66 (p = < 0.001)   1.75 (p = < 0.001)