Table 6

Motives against completion of AD (multiple answers possible)

Participant did not yet complete an AD because…Total
(N=1665)*
Outpatients of a university clinic
(n 1=1285)
Outpatients of private practices
(n 2=380)
She/he currently does not want to deal with this issue588 (35)468 (36)120 (32)
She/he is too young321 (19)246 (19)75 (19)
Her/his attitude could change during the progression of a disease279 (17)222 (17)57 (17)
Medical treatment options could improve226 (14)186 (15)40 (11)
She/he delegates the decision to a specialist in case of emergency215 (13)172 (13)43 (11)
She/he feels insecure with legal regulations202 (12)160 (12)42 (11)
She/he fears giving the wrong instructions176 (11)144 (11)32 (8)
She/he cannot appraise the listed medical treatments136 (8)113 (9)23 (6)
  • *N on this variable differs from the total due to missing values.

  • For all variables, the numbers of participants (percentages in brackets) are given.

  • AD, advance directive.