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Table 7 Factors associated with suggested limitation of care orders, univariable analysis

From: Results from the national sepsis practice survey: predictions about mortality and morbidity and recommendations for limitation of care orders

  Univariable analyses
  Odds ratio (95% CI) P value
70 years old
(versus 50 years old)
6.76
(3.96 to 11.55)
<0.0001
Stage IIA NSCLC (versus no cancer) 10.95
(6.30 to 19.03)
<0.0001
BMI 40 kg/m2
(versus 22 kg/m2)
2.54
(1.78 to 3.62)
<0.0001
Baseline predicted hospital mortality (per 10% increase) 1.63
(1.41 to 1.89)
<0.0001
Predicted problems with self-care at six months (per 10% increase) 1.46
(1.32 to 1.62)
<0.0001
Overweight or obese respondent BMI 0.55
(0.33 to 0.93)
0.0258
  1. Limitations of care included suggesting a 'do not resuscitate' order, that there be no further escalation of care (e.g., no addition of vasopressors), and/or termination of supportive care with appropriate 'comfort care' measures. Mortality predictions were estimated prior to any additional chosen care, including limitation of care orders. Respondents were asked to predict the ability to perform self-care (wash and dress oneself) in six months, assuming survival. Univariable estimates include only the variable indicated in the model. Analyses accounted for non-independence of responses due to respondents completing multiple vignettes.
  2. BMI = body mass index; CI = confidence interval; NSCLC = non-small cell lung carcinoma.