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Table 2 Characteristics of the people with one or more advance directives from the Right to die-NL and people with a wish to live statement

From: Analysis of the construct of dignity and content validity of the patient dignity inventory

Characteristics People with an advance directive from the Right to die-NL People having a wish to live statement
  PDI
n = 1947
Open-ended
question
n = 1865
PDI
n = 590
Open-ended question
n = 539
Kind of advance directive     
- Advance euthanasia directive 95 94   
- Refusal of treatment document 65 64   
- Durable power of attorney 63 63   
Sex, female % 61 68 60 59
Age mean (SD) [range] 69 (12)
[26-98]
70 (12)
[25-100]
61 (17)
[17-92]
62 (17)
[19-92]
Marital status %     
   Single/divorced/widowed 41 42 29 28
   Married or with partner 59 58 71 72
Level of education1 %     
   Low 5 6 13 16
   Intermediate 55 56 66 60
   High 40 38 21 24
Religious beliefs % 35 37 99 99
Self perceived health status     
   Very good 19 20 22 19
   Good 59 58 59 61
   Less than good 22 23 16 19
  1. 1 Low: Lower vocational education; lower secondary general education; primary school. Intermediate: Intermediate vocational or higher secondary general education. High: Higher vocational education; university.