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Table 3 Timing of GPs’ awareness that the patient would die in the foreseeable future 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  
Time between GPs’ awareness and actual death n = 221** n = 68** P-value*
  (%) (%)  
Not until the last year before death (also including last six months, last month and last week) 207 (94) 65 (96) 0.770
Not until the last six months before death (including the last month and last week) 190 (86) 64 (94) 0.072
Not until the last month before death (including the last week) 66 (30) 41 (60) <0.001
Not until the last week before death 13 (6) 18 (26) <0.001
GPs’ awareness was based on: (more than one answer possible) Cancer Non-cancer  
  n = 225 n = 71  
  (%) (%)  
GPs’ observation of problems and/or symptoms 175 (78) 62 (87) 0.079
Information from medical specialist 120 (53) 20 (28) <0.001
Information from home-care professionals 6 (3) 9 (13) 0.002
Information from relatives 33 (15) 19 (27) 0.020
Other 15 (7) 7 (10) 0.371
Not applicable 0 (0) 1 (1) 0.240
  1. *Chi-square analyses: statistically significant differences (P < 0.05) between cancer and non-cancer group are in bold.
  2. **8 missing values, including ‘don’t know’ answers.