Table 3

The value attributed to medical factors concerning the patient's health status (table 2 , topic 1) when making treatment decisions concerning psychogeriatric patients with pneumonia, as rated by 20 nursing home physicians (NHPs)

Degree of importance (% of NHPs)
Medical factors1 (very unimportant)2 (unimportant)3 (slightly important)4 (important)5 (very important)
*1 NHP did not answer this question.
Overall physical health status0056530
Estimated life expectancy00254530
Communication skills (active and passive)*015203525
Severity of dementia010304020
Pressure ulcers020353510