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Table 5 Content of patient discussions derived from informative descriptions

From: Variation in the implementation of PaTz: a method to improve palliative care in general practice - a prospective observational study

 Total N = 248More than three months before death or end of follow-up N = 53Less than three months before death or end of follow-up N = 139After death N = 56
Discussion concerned:
 Past situation51 (21%)51 (91%)
 Current situation181 (73%)48 (91%)127 (91%)6 (11%)
 Future situation28 (11%)8 (15%)18 (13%)2 (4%)
Content of discussed situation:
 Problems134 (54%)37 (70%)91 (66%)6 (11%)
 Treatment (options)70 (28%)19 (36%)39 (28%)12 (21%)
 Wishes of patient/family61 (25%)16 (30%)35 (25%)10 (18%)
 Evaluation of care51 (21%)51 (91%)
Domain of discussed situation:
 Physical103 (42%)29 (55%)62 (45%)12 (21%)
 Psychological45 (18%)10 (19%)30 (22%)5 (9%)
 Social59 (24%)12 (23%)34 (25%)13 (23%)
 Existential31 (13%)7 (13%)21 (15%)3 (5%)
 Practical44 (18%)14 (26%)21 (15%)9 (16%)
 Healthcare provider – patient relationship10 (4%)3 (6%)7 (5%)