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Table 2 Prevalence of engagement in advance care planning activities in whole sample and by sub-group

From: Are older and seriously ill inpatients planning ahead for future medical care?

  Total (N = 186) 55–79 years (n = 65) 80+ years (n = 116) p
Discussed preferred end of life care with doctor 0.6396
 Yes 48 (27%) 14 (23%) 33 (29%)
 Not engaged but wanted to 57 (32%) 21 (34%) 35 (31%)
 Not engaged and did not want to 73 (41%) 27 (44%) 45 (40%)
Discussed preferred end of life care with support person 0.6058
 Yes 90 (51%) 28 (45%) 59 (53%)
 Not engaged but wanted to 29 (16%) 12 (19%) 17 (15%)
 Not engaged and did not want to 58 (33%) 22 (36%) 36 (32%)
Written down wishes for end of life care 0.0043
 Yes 50 (27%) 20 (31%) 28 (24%)
 Not engaged but wanted to 56 (31%) 27 (42%) 28 (24%)
 Not engaged and did not want to 77 (42%) 17 (27%) 59 (51%)
Appointed a medical substitute-decision maker 0.1904
 Yes 94 (52%) 31 (48%) 60 (53%)
 Not engaged but wanted to 47 (26%) 22 (34%) 25 (22%)
 Not engaged and did not want to 41 (23%) 12 (19%) 29 (25%)
  1. significant p-value is in bold and italics