Table 2. Estimating and communicating prognosis with the patient
StatementPhysicians by care setting
Total,N = 547,n (%)GP,n = 259,n (%)HP,n = 205,n (%)NHP,n = 83,n (%)
I can adequately estimate if a patient will die within a year a,b 334 (61.1)163 (62.9)121 (59.0)50 (60.2)
I think it is important to consider whether a patient will possibly die within a yearc 416 (76.1)197 (76.1)157 (76.6)62 (74.7)
If I expect a patient to die within a year, I will discuss his or her wishes and expectations regarding treatment and cared 410 (75.0)197 (76.1)147 (71.7)66 (79.5)
If I expect a patient to die within a year, I will have a conversation about his or her worries, psychosocial aspects, and/or meaning of life questionse 337 (61.6)189 (73.0)89 (43.4)59 (71.1)
I can adequately estimate if a patient will die within 3 monthsf 365 (66.7)188 (72.6)127 (62.0)50 (60.2)
I think it is important to consider whether a patient will possibly die within 3 monthsg 507 (92.7)253 (97.7)180 (87.8)74 (89.2)
If I expect a patient to die within 3 months, I will discuss his or her wishes and expectations regarding treatment and careh 501 (91.6)249 (96.1)176 (85.9)76 (91.6)
If I expect a patient to die within 3 months, I will have a conversation about his or her worries, psychosocial aspects and/or meaning of life questionsi 444 (81.2)246 (95.0)130 (63.4)68 (81.9)
I can adequately estimate if a patient will die within a weekj 416 (76.1)206 (79.5)145 (70.7)65 (78.3)
I think it is important to consider whether a patient will possibly die within a weekk 512 (93.6)250 (96.5)187 (91.2)75 (90.4)
If I expect a patient to die within a week, I will discuss his or her wishes and expectations regarding treatment and carel 505 (92.3)249 (96.1)180 (87.8)76 (91.6)
If I expect a patient to die within a week, I will have a conversation about his or her worries, psychosocial aspects and/or meaning of life questionsm 469 (85.7)240 (92.7)159 (77.6)70 (84.3)
  • aPhysicians could answer on a four-point scale: ‘always’, ‘often’, ‘sometimes’, ‘never’. Only combined ‘always’ or ‘often’ answers are shown. bMissing total: n = 21 (3.8%) (GP: n = 6, HP: n = 8, NHP: n = 7). cMissing total: n = 15 (2.7%) (GP: n = 1, HP: n = 6, NHP: n = 8). dMissing total: n = 20 (3.7%) (GP: n = 3, HP: n = 10, NHP: n = 7). eMissing total: n = 25 (4.6%) (GP: n = 7, HP: n = 10, NHP: n = 8). fMissing total: n = 22 (4.0%) (GP: n = 6, HP: n = 8, NHP: n = 8). gMissing total: n = 17 (3.1%) (GP: n = 3, HP: n = 7, NHP: n = 7). hMissing total: n = 23 (4.2%) (GP: n = 5, HP: n = 11, NHP: n = 7). iMissing total: n = 21 (3.8%) (GP: n = 3, HP: n = 11, NHP: n = 7). jMissing total: n = 23 (4.2%) (GP: n = 6, HP: n = 10, NHP: n = 7). kMissing total: n = 17 (3.1%) (GP: n = 1, HP: n = 9, NHP: n = 7). lMissing total: n = 21 (3.8%) (GP: n = 3, HP: n = 11, NHP: n = 7). mMissing total: n = 26 (4.8%) (GP: n = 6, HP: n = 13, NHP: n = 7). HP = hospital physician. NHP = nursing home physician.