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Table 2 POLST completion rate according to demographic features

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

Variable Total
(N = 101)
POLST completion POLST non-completion p-value
Age, n. (%)   0.826
 64 or lower 52 (51.5%) 38 (73.1%) 14 (26.9%)  
 65 or above 49 (48.5%) 34 (69.4%) 15 (30.6%)  
Gender, n. (%)     1.000
 Male 54 (53.5%) 38 (70.4%) 16 (29.6%)  
 Female 47 (46.5%) 34 (72.3%) 13 (27.7%)  
Education, n. (%)     0.007
 High school or below 39 (38.6%) 22 (56.4%) 17 (43.6%)  
 High school or above 61 (60.4%) 50 (82.0%) 11 (18.0%)  
Monthly income, n. (%)     0.169
 $2000 or lower 77 (76.2%) 51 (66.2%) 26 (33.8%)  
 Over $2000 20 (19.8%) 17 (85.0%) 3 (15.0%)  
Religion, No. (%)     1.000
 No religion 43 (42.6%) 31 (72.1%) 12 (27.9%)  
 Follow religion 57 (56.4%) 40 (70.2%) 17 (29.8%)  
Time from cancer diagnosis to POLST suggestion, n. (%)     0.172
 One year or less 20 (19.8%) 17 (85.0%) 3 (15.0%)  
 More than one year 81 (80.2%) 55 (67.9%) 29 (35.8%)  
Follow-up period by physician who suggested POLST, n. (%)     0.826
 One year or less 40 (39.6%) 28 (70.0%) 12 (30.0%)  
 More than one year 61 (60.4%) 44 (72.1%) 17 (27.9%)