Table 1

Responses for patients (and on similar questions for physicians, and nurses)

QuestionAnswerPatientPhysicianNurse
N=337 patients with percentages calculated on 326 to 331 who answered any given question.
N=72 physicians with percentages calculated on 66 to 71.
N=66 nurses with percentages calculated on 60 to 66.
Patients have right to know about their conditionYes99%99%
Physicians have obligation to inform patients of conditionYes99%100%
I want to be told of serious, life-threatening diagnosisYes97%
Told how much on illness and treatmentsAll details62%39%29%
General terms285760
Both (= details)10311
Want family informed of exact conditionYes85%58%33%
Sometimes4067
If patient is informed and active participant, better outcome resultsYes95%76%83%
Sometimes2317
Patient age18–3011%
31–4016
41–5023
51–6017
Over 6033
Patient incomeBelow $20 00017%
$21 000–40 00035
$41 000–60 00018
Over 60 00018
No answer12
Patient educationGrade school4%
High school50
College32
Postgraduate11
No answer3