Table 3

Importance of values and beliefs related to end-of-life care

 Patients (n=263)Family members (n=216)
Median (IQR)Unsure
n (%)
Missing
n
Median (IQR)Unsure
n (%)
Missing
n
(a) I be comfortable and suffer as little as possible?10 (9.0–10.0)20 (7.6)210.0 (10.0–10.0)16 (7.4)0
(b) I have more time with my family?10.0 (8.0–10.0)19 (7.2)210.0 (8.0–10.0)17 (7.9)0
(c) I live as long as possible?8.0 (5.0–10.0)17 (6.5)19.5 (5.0–10.0)16 (7.4)0
(d) I avoid being attached to machines and tubes?10.0 (8.0–10.0)17 (6.5)210.0 (8.0–10.0)13 (6.0)0
(e) My death is not prolonged?10.0 (6.0–10.0)13 (4.9)110.0 (8.0–10.0)12 (5.6)0
(f) Nature should be allowed to take its course?10.0 (7.0–10.0)17 (6.5)29.0 (7.0–10.0)12 (5.6)0
(g). The belief that life should be preserved?5.0 (2.0–8.0)15 (5.7)26.0 (3.0–10.0)15 (6.9)0
(h) I respect the wishes of other family members regarding my care?7.5 (4.0–10.0)19 (7.2)29.0 (5.0–10.0)16 (7.4)0
  • 1=‘Not at all important’; 10=‘Very important’. The responses of all questions ranged from 1 to 10 for both patients and family members.