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Table 3 Attribution of capabilities of the patient in the vegetative state

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

Agreement No. (%)
  All groups Canadian German D (%)* pvalue
(n = 332)1 group1 group1
(n = 200) (n = 132)
Feeling pain 232 (70) 130 (65) 102 (77) (12) p = 0.017
Feeling touch 168 (51) 79 (40) 89 (67) (27) p < 0.001
Experiencing hunger/thirst 117 (35) 57 (29) 60 (46) (17) p = 0.002
Smelling odors 94 (28) 48 (24) 46 (35) (11) p = 0.032
Tasting flavors of food/drinks 69 (21) 31 (16) 38 (29) (13) p = 0.003
Experiencing dreams 70 (21) 23 (12) 47 (36) (24) p < 0.001
Having emotions 63 (19) 17 (9) 46 (35) (26) p < 0.001
Having thoughts 48 (15) 18 (9) 30 (23) (14) p < 0.001
Being aware of themselves 24 (7) 12 (6) 12 (9) (3) p = 0.287
Recognizing their name 23 (7) 8 (4) 16 (12) (8) p = 0.005
Recognizing people 23 (7) 6 (3) 17 (13) (10) p = 0.001
Remembering experiences 22 (7) 5 (3) 17 (13) (10) p < 0.001
Being aware of surroundings 20 (6) 12 (6) 8 (6) (0) p = 0.982
Having sexual desires 19 (6) 2 (1) 17 (13) (12) p < 0.001
Understanding what others say 16 (5) 5 (3) 11 (8) (5) p = 0.015
Storing new information 14 (4) 4 (2) 10 (8) (6) p = 0.013
Interacting with others 14 (4) 3 (2) 11 (8) (6) p = 0.002
Expressing desires 5 (2) 2 (1) 3 (2) (1) -
  1. 1 Those who correctly diagnosed the patient; when expected frequencies in the respective cells were <5 the chi-square-test was not conducted; *D (%) = Difference (% German group –% Canadian group).