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Table 4 Decision making and end of life issues

From: Chinese oncologists’ knowledge, attitudes and practice towards palliative care and end of life issues

Q13-Q15 items Yes No Not clearly
  N % N % N %
Q13.Do you know what advanced directives (ADs) is? 37 26.8 69 50.0 32 23.2
Q14.Do you know what a do not resuscitate (DNR) order is? 26 18.8 80 58.0 32 23.2
Q15.Do you think you should follow a patient’s wish when he prefers to forgo life sustaining treatments? 75 54.3 9 6.5 54 39.1
Q16-Q17 items      N %
Q16. Do you approve using CPR for terminally ill cancer patients?
Yes      10 7.2
No      47 34.1
It depends on the situationb      81 58.7
Q17. aWhat factors do you believe will affect a patient and family’s decision?
A. Disease prognosis      99 71.7
B. Symptom burden      58 42.0
C. Other disease and comorbidities      67 48.6
D. Religious beliefs      75 54.3
E. Economic status      88 63.8
F. The patient’s own wishes/preferences      82 59.4
G. Past experiences with death      69 50.0
All selected      32 23.2
Q18-Q19       
Q18. Should a conflict arise between the patient’s wishes and the family’s wishes in the decision-making process, who would you support?
Patients      73 52.9
Family      26 18.8
It depends on the situationb      39 28.3
Q19. If the patient is no longer competent and the family’s wishes conflict with those previous expressed by the patient, who would you support?
Patients      53 38.4
Family      40 29.0
It depends on situation      45 32.6
  1. aQ17: Respondents could select more than one item in response. Thus, the percentages of Q6 add up to more than 100 % .bIt depends on the situation meant to decide on a case-by-case basis by considering the physical and psychological conditions, religion, and the cultural background of each individual