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Table 2 Timing of the diagnosis of the disease ultimately leading to death and sources of information

From: GPs’ recognition of death in the foreseeable future and diagnosis of a fatal condition: a national survey

  Cancer Non-cancer  
Timing of diagnosis n = 220** n = 65** P-value*
  (%) (%)  
Not until last year before death (also including last six months, last month and last week) 120 (54) 39 (60) 0.437
Not until last six months before death (also including last month and last week) 90 (41) 32 (49) 0.234
Not until last month before death (also including last week) 14 (6) 19 (29) <0.001
Not until last week before death 1 (1) 10 (15) <0.001
GPs’ information about diagnosis was based on: (more than one answer possible) Cancer Non-cancer  
n = 226 n = 71  
  (%) (%)  
Information from the medical specialist 165 (73) 43 (61) 0.046
GPs’ own diagnostics 80 (35) 35 (49) 0.036
Information from the patient 34 (15) 5 (7) 0.082
Information from relatives 7 (3) 9 (13) 0.004
Other 8 (4) 1 (1) 0.692
Don’t know 1 (0.4) 0 (0) 1.000
Not applicable 1 (0.4) 2 (3) 0.143
  1. *Chi-square analyses: significant differences between group with cancer and non-cancer group are in bold.
  2. **12 missing values, including ‘don’t know/not applicable’ answers.