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Table 2 Participants’ responses to questions regarding what older patients were likely to want during end-of-life care

From: Thai medical students’ attitudes regarding what constitutes a “good death”: a multi-center study

Statements Rating: no. of participants
5 Strongly agree 4 Agree 3 Neutral 2 Disagree 1 Strongly disagree
1. Patients want to know the full truth about their illnessesa 484 (47.4%) 456 (44.6%) 72 (7.1%) 6 (0.6%) 3 (0.3%)
2. Patients want their family to know the full truth about their illnessesa 299 (29.3%) 413 (40.4%) 245 (24.0%) 60 (5.9%) 4 (0.4%)
3. Patients want to be involved in the decision about the treatment they receiveb 664 (65.3%) 307 (30.2%) 41 (4.0%) 3 (0.3%) 2 (0.2%)
4. Patients want to name a surrogate decision maker regarding their healthcare in advance for when they are unable to make these kinds of decisions for themselvesc 483 (47.4%) 400 (39.2%) 113 (11.1%) 17 (1.7%) 6 (0.6%)
5. Patients want as much relief as possible from uncomfortable symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath a 668 (65.4%) 282 (27.6%) 65 (6.4%) 3 (0.3%) 3 (0.3%)
6. Patients wish to be respected and have their spiritual needs met in addition to being treated for their diseasesa 847 (83.0%) 152 (14.9%) 18 (1.7%) 1 (0.1%) 3 (0.3%)
7. Patients wish to be surrounded by their loved ones in their times of needa 817 (80.0%) 176 (17.2%) 23 (2.3%) 1 (0.1%) 4 (0.4%)
8. Patients do not wish to be a physical and psychological burden to their familyc 580 (56.9%) 319 (31.3%) 100 (9.8%) 17 (1.7%) 3 (0.3%)
9. Patients wish to complete unfinished business, be prepared to die, and say goodbye to family and friendsd 665 (65.2%) 296 (29.0%) 54 (5.3%) 3 (0.3%) 2 (0.2%)
10. Patients do not wish to receive treatments to prolong their lives when the chances of surviving are slimd 338 (33.1%) 382 (37.5%) 244 (23.9%) 44 (4.3%) 12 (1.2%)
11. Patients wish to have religious rites conducted at the end of lifed 409 (40.1%) 344 (33.7%) 243 (23.8%) 20 (2.0%) 4 (0.4%)
12. Patients wish to be mentally aware during the last hour of lifec 386 (37.9%) 353 (34.6%) 249 (24.4%) 23 (2.3%) 8 (0.8%)
13. Patients wish to pass away at homea 383 (37.5%) 306 (30.0%) 300 (29.4%) 21 (2.0%) 11 (1.1%)
  1. Note: a; 8 missing data, b; 12 missing data, c; 10 missing data, d; 9 missing data