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Table 3 Bivariate analysis: FPs who discussed PDM vs. those who did not

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

  Yes
N = 18
No
N = 56
p-value
Patients are not interested 5 (28 %) 23 (41 %) 0.4
Cause family dispute 5 (28 %) 32 (57 %) 0.05
Depress the patient 4 (22 %) 35 (62 %) 0.006
Compromise medical status 0 13 (23 %) 0.03
Patients cannot perceive the consequences of their decisions 3 (17 %) 18 (32 %) 0.24
Patients might change their minds 16 (89 %) 53 (95 %) 0.59
I do not feel comfortable to discuss the topic 1 (6 %) 20 (36 %) 0.02
I feel burdened by the topic 12 (66 %) 34 (60 %) 0.7
Harm doctor/patient relationship 3 (16 %) 20 (36 %) 0.16
I do not believe discussions are of any good 1 (6 %) 11 (20 %) 0.33
There is no reason to discuss this issue before anything really happens 0 15 (27 %) 0.02
Should discuss with all elderly patients 5 (28 %) 13 (23 %) 0.76
Should discuss with patients about to undergo surgery 10 (56 %) 25 (46 %) 0.6
Should discuss with patients suffering life-shortening diseases 16 (89 %) 52 (93 %) 0.63