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Table 1 Physician responses regarding proxy decision-maker (PDM) delegation (n = 74)

From: Physician-facilitated designation of proxy decision-makers: family physician perceptions

Aware of patient option of PDM delegation 48 (64 %)
In preceding year, had discussions with patients on topic of death/ severe disease/ significant disabilities/ dependence on others. 58 (78 %)
In the past year, offered patients to delegate PDM. 18 (24 %)
Undergone patient-physician communication workshops and training. 55 (74 %)
Feel they had not received adequate training to discuss PDM delegation. 38 (51 %)
Feel that the time available in clinic visit is insufficient for discussion of the topic. 45 (60 %)
Feel close to the patients in clinic. 72 (97 %)