Table 1

 Characteristics of survey respondents in each setting

Geriatric clinicEmergency department
Values in parentheses are percentages unless otherwise stated.
Mean age, years (SD)74 (8)41 (16)
Sex, male62/175 (35)98/206 (46)
Ethnicity
    White146/172 (85)136/207 (66)
    Black15/172 (9)38/207 (18)
    Hispanic5/172 (3)18/207 (9)
    Other6/172 (3)15/207 (7)
Health status good124/174 (71)146/207 (71)
Marital status
    Married71/147 (48)69/207 (33)
    Single/divorced49/147 (33)125/207 (60)
    Widowed27/147 (16)13/207 (6)
Education
    Not completed high school8/147 (5)41/207 (20)
    High school graduate75/147 (51)101/207 (48)
    College graduate64/147 (44)58/207 (28)
Religion
    Protestant83/143 (60)83/207 (40)
    Catholic34/143 (2437/207 (18)
    Jewish10/143 (7)3/207 (2)
    None10/143 (7)63/207 (30)
    Other6/143 (4)21/207 (10)
Church attendance
    Weekly or more73/152 (48)46/207 (22)
    Monthly47/152 (31)57/207 (28)
    Less than monthly32/152 (21)104/207 (50)
Lives alone58/148 (40)64/206 (31)
Trust doctor to do what’s best for me128/141 (91)188/193 (97)
Has an advance directive104/147 (71)42/207 (20)