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Table 1 Demographic features of the study population (N = 101)

From: Completion rate of physician orders for life-sustaining treatment for patients with metastatic or recurrent cancer: a preliminary, cross-sectional study

Characteristics No. (%)
Age (years)
 31–40 3 (3.0%)
 41–50 11 (10.9%)
 51–60 24 (23.8%)
 61–70 29 (28.7%)
 71–80 27 (26.7%)
 81–90 7 (6.9%)
Gender
 Male 47 (46.5%)
 Female 54 (53.5%)
Cancer type
 Breast 33 (32.7%)
 Prostate 22 (21.8%)
 Lung 2 (2.0%)
 Gastrointestinal 27 (26.7%)
 Genitourinary (except prostate) 8 (7.9%)
 Hepatobiliary 5 (5.0%)
 Others a 4 (4.0%)
Religion
 No religion 43 (42.6%)
 Follow a religion b 57 (56.4%)
 Unknown 1 (1.0%)
Educational status
 High school or below 40 (39.6%)
 High school or above 61 (60.4%)
Monthly income
 Less than $2000 77 (76.2%)
 More than $2000 20 (19.8%)
 Unknown 4 (4.0%)
Place of POLST suggestion
 Outpatient clinic 94 (93.1%)
 General ward 7 (6.9%)
  1. a Others: 3 sarcomas, 1 melanoma
  2. b 21 Christianity, 8 Catholicism, 23 Buddhism, 5 Other