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Table 1 Rating of importance of each issue in thinking about the kinds of medical treatments wanted or not wanted near the end of life

From: Recognizing difficult trade-offs: values and treatment preferences for end-of-life care in a multi-site survey of adult patients in family practices

Item: How important … median(q1,q3) (n) Unsure Missing or declined % (n/N)
I be comfortable and suffer as little as possible? 10(9,10) (793) 13% (100/793) 2% (15/793)
I have more time with my family? 10(8,10) (785) 13% (102/785) 2% (15/785)
I live as long as possible? 8(5,10) (777) 12% (97/777) 2% (15/777)
I avoid being attached to machines and tubes? 9(7,10) (753) 11% (83/753) 2% (14/753)
My death is not prolonged? 10(8,10) (750) 11% (81/750) 2% (14/750)
Belief that nature should be allowed to take its course? 8(5,10) (760) 12% (89/760) 2% (14/760)
Belief that life should be preserved? 6(3,8) (736) 11% (83/736) 2% (13/736)
I respect the wishes of other family members? 7(4,10) (778) 12% (97/778) 2% (14/778)
I avoid hospitalization? 6(3,9) (762) 12% (90/762) 2% (13/762)