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Table 3 Characteristics of the 250 included cases of continuous sedation until death and relation to experienced pressure

From: Pressure during decision making of continuous sedation in end-of-life situations in Dutch general practice

Patient characteristics N* % within category presence of experienced pressure p-value#
Gender 245    0.35
- male   54% 14%  
- female   46% 19%  
Age 243    0.06
- 60 years or younger   28% 23%  
- 61 or older   72% 13%  
Main diagnosis 243    0.65
- cancer   85% 16%  
- other, or unclear answer   15% 19%  
Patient was competent 249    0.68
- yes   76% 17%  
- no   24% 15%  
Presence of symptoms during decision making 249    <0.01
- physical only   17% 2%  
- both physical and psychological, or psychological only   83% 19%  
Main indication for continuous sedation 247    <0.01
- physical only   64% 12%  
- both physical and psychological, or psychological only   36% 26%  
Estimated life-expectancy before starting continuous sedation 245    <0.01$
- <1 week   72% 13%  
−1-2 weeks   25% 26%  
- >2 weeks   3% 38%  
  1. * numbers may differ due to missing values; # p-values reflect chi-square test; $ Chi-square test linear by linear association.