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Table 2 Instrumental communication by HCPs: items discussed and number of times discussed

From: Instrumental and affective communication with patients with limited health literacy in the palliative phase of cancer or COPD

Instrumental communication items Not discussed/provided (n) Discussed/provided(n) Mentioned once per consultation Mentioned two times per consultation Mentioned more times per consultation Total number of times subject is discussed
1. Understanding 25 14 10 2 2 21
2. Priorities 7 32 8 10 14 87
3. Medical status 1 38 8 7 23 110
4. Treatment options 13 26 7 6 13 84
5. Treatment consequences 12 27 16 9 2 43
6. Prognosis 18 21 7 8 6 48
7. Giving information about emotions 28 11 10 1 0 12
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