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Table 5 Discussion of medical end-of-life decisionsa in function of the patient’s decision-making capacity, Switzerland 2013, by language region

From: Medical end-of-life practices in Swiss cultural regions: a death certificate study

Regions German-speaking French-speaking Italian-speaking
Deaths with end-of-life practice mentioned (eligible for involvement) N = 1856 N = 744 N = 318
  %b 95% CI %b 95% CI %b 95% CI
Discussed with patient 35.6% (33.4–37.5) 31.2% (27.9–34.6) 16.0% (12.4–20.4)
Patient fully capable 73.3% (69.6–76.6) 71.2% (65.3–76.5) 60.0% (47.2–71.6)
Patient not fully capable 37.1% (32.3–42.3) 30.3% (22.9–38.8) 8.4% (3.8–17.6)
Patient not capable at all 9.7% (7.6–12.2) 5.8% (3.4–9.6) 6.9% (3.6–12.8)
Patient’s capacity unknown 3.4% (1.7–6.7)   
Discussed with patient and/or relatives and/or patient ever expressed wish 76.5% (74.5–78.4) 73.8% (70.5–76.9) 69.0% (63.7–73.8)
Patient fully capable 87.8% (85.0–90.2) 88.5% (84.0–91.9) 87.4% (76.5–93.6)
Patient not fully capable 85.3% (81.2–88.6) 82.9% (75.3–88.5) 75.6% (64.4–84.1)
Patient not capable at all 79.8% (76.5–82.7) 82.2% (76.6–86.6) 82.8% (75.3–88.4)
Patient’s capacity unknown 22.1% (17.2–28.0) 20.4% (14.2–28.4) 13.1% (6.6–24.2)
  1. aCDS is not a MELD and is thus not included in this table
  2. b100% = all deaths with reported end-of-life practice; percentages weighted to region-sex-age-specific response rates