Table 2

Topics addressed and form of questions on the questionnaire for nursing home physicians on important factors for the decision to treat or not to treat pneumonia curatively in psychogeriatric patients (step 2)

TopicForm of questionsAnalysis
1. The individual value that is attached to factors concerning the patient's health statusa list of factors with a 5-point scale to rate the importance of the factordescriptive
2. Factors considered important but not included under 1open-ended question with a 3-point scale to rate the importance of the factordescriptive
3. The importance and role of family or other representatives of the patient in the decision making processset of pre-structured questionsdescriptive
4. The importance and role of the nursing staff in the decision making processset of pre-structured questionsdescriptive
5. Decisive status (ie importance for the outcome of the decision) of the already mentioned factorslist of factors rated for importance on an interval scale from 0 (unimportant) to 10 (important)calculation of a mean value, median value and mode of each item