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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of patients (n = 255)

From: Shared decision making with oncologists and palliative care specialists effectively increases the documentation of the preferences for do not resuscitate and artificial nutrition and hydration in patients with advanced cancer: a model testing study

 Overall
(n = 255)
DNR documentation
Completed
(n = 206)
Not completed
(n = 49)
p
Age68.49 ± 14.6768.55 ± 14.8068.24 ± 14.270.895
Gender   0.131
 Male134 (52.55%)113 (84.30%)21 (15.70%) 
 Female121 (47.45%)93 (76.86%)28 (23.14%) 
Education   0.030
 Elementary school or below86 (33.73%)65 (31.55%)21 (42.86%) 
 Junior high school30 (11.76%)20 (9.71%)10 (20.41%) 
 Senior high school65 (25.49%)56 (27.18%)9 (18.37%) 
 University or above74 (28.63%)65 (31.55%)9 (18.37%) 
Marital status   0.675
 Married185 (72.55%)148 (71.84%)37 (75.51%) 
 Widowed37 (14.51%)29 (14.08%)8 (16.33%) 
 Single21 (8.24%)19 (9.22%)2 (4.08%) 
 Divorced/separated12 (4.71%)10 (4.85%)2 (4.08%) 
Primary site of cancer   0.459
 Urogenital88 (34.51%)66 (32.04%)22 (44.90%) 
 Gastrointestinal47 (18.43%)38 (18.45%)9 (18.37%) 
 Respiratory30 (11.76%)23 (11.17%)7 (14.29%) 
 Head and neck29 (11.37%)25 (12.14%)4 (8.16%) 
 Skin8 (3.14%)6 (2.91%)2 (4.08%) 
 Breast6 (2.35%)5 (2.43%)1 (2.04%) 
 Other or unknown47 (18.43%)42 (20.39%)5 (10.20%) 
Metastasis   0.156
 Without57 (22.35%)41 (19.90%)16 (32.65%) 
 With149 (58.43%)124 (60.19%)25 (51.02%) 
 Unknown or multiple sites49 (19.22%)41 (19.90%)8 (16.33%) 
ECOG   < 0.001
 0 and 195 (37.25%)66 (32.04%)29 (59.18%) 
 291 (35.69%)75 (36.41%)16 (32.65%) 
 369 (27.06%)65 (31.55%)4 (8.16%) 
Religion   0.153
 Taoism/traditional religions83 (32.55%)65 (31.55%)18 (36.73%) 
 Buddhism80 (31.37%)66 (32.04%)14 (28.57%) 
 Christianity23 (9.02%)20 (9.71%)3 (6.12%) 
 Not specified62 (24.31%)51 (24.76%)11 (22.45%) 
 Other7 (2.75%)4 (1.94%)3 (6.12%) 
  1. Abbreviations: DNR do not resuscitate; ECOG Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status