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Classification of Patient Characteristics according to the Completion Status of MK-POLST.

Variable Uncompleted POLST (n=92) Completed POLST (n=295) Total (N=387) P value
Age (yr, SD) 63 (±14.2) 70 (±12.5) 68 (±13.0) 0.028
Hospitalization (days, IQR) 7 (2~15) 15 (7~29) 14 (6~28) < 0.001
Sex –no.(%) 0.139
 Male 51 (21.2) 190 (78.8) 241 (62.3)
 Female 41 (28.1) 105 (71.9) 146 (37.7)
Status at discharge –no.(%) 0.491
 Deceased 77 (23.1) 256 (76.9) 333 (86.0)
 Alive 15 (27.8) 39 (72.2) 54 (14.0)
Religion –no.(%) 0.288
 Atheism 40 (21.5) 146 (78.5) 186 (48.1)
 Buddhism 38 (26) 108 (74) 146 (37.7)
 Christian/Catholic 11 (21.3) 38 (78.7) 49 (12.6)
 Others 3 (50.0) 3 (50.0) 6 (1.6)
Education level –no.(%) 0.072
 ≤Middle school 23 (29.5) 55 (70.5) 205 (66.8)
 ≤High school 27 (24.5) 83 (75.5) 110 (28.4)
 ≥Colleague 22 (30.6) 50 (69.4) 72 (18.6)
Marital status –no.(%) < 0.001
 Having spouse 68 (21.2) 253 (78.8) 321 (82.9)
 Bereaved or single 24 (36.4) 42 (63.6) 66 (17.1)

MK-POLST: Modified Korean Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment, SD: Standard deviation, IQR: Interquartile range, P value: comparison between uncompleted POLST vs completed POLST.

Korean J Hosp Palliat Care 2019;22:198~206 https://doi.org/10.14475/kjhpc.2019.22.4.198
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