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Table 2 Prognosis of survival and estimation of the patient’s quality of life

From: Physicians’ attitudes toward medical and ethical challenges for patients in the vegetative state: comparing Canadian and German perspectives in a vignette survey

  No. (%)
  All Canadian German pvalue
Groups (n = 332) group (n = 200) group (n = 132)
Prognosis of survival (n = 329) p = 0.049
None (0%) 1 (0.3) 1 (1) -  
Minimal (<10%) 7 (2) 5 (3) 2 (2)  
Very small (10-25%) 18 (6) 9 (5) 9 (7)  
Small (26-50%) 42 (13) 24 (12) 18 (14)  
Good (51-75%) 122 (37) 67 (34) 55 (42)  
Very good (76-90%) 95 (29) 57 (29) 38 (29)  
Excellent (>91%) 30 (9) 27 (14) 3 (2)  
Certain (100%) 2 (1) - 2 (2)  
Not able to rate 12 (4) 8 (4) 4 (3)  
Estimation of the patients quality of life (QoL) (n = 327) p < 0.001
No QoL 109 (33) 91 (46) 18 (14)  
Extremely low (0) 91 (28) 58 (29) 33 (25)  
1 46 (14) 28 (14) 18 (14)  
2 30 (9) 11 (6) 19 (15)  
3 5 (2) 2 (1) 3 (2)  
4 2 (1) - 2 (2)  
>4 - - -  
Not able to rate 44 (14) 7 (4) 37 (29)  
  1. QoL = Quality of life.