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Table 1 Background characteristics of participating family members and patients

From: Satisfaction with quality of ICU care for patients and families: the euroQ2 project

  Total sample Denmark The Netherlands p a
  Valid n b Statisticc Valid n b Statisticc Valid n b Statisticc  
Family member
 Age, median years (IQRd) 1055 57 (22) 553 54 (22) 502 60 (20) <0.001
 Female 1056 724 (69) 554 399 (72) 502 325 (65) 0.01
 Relationship to patient, n (%) 1061   559   502   <0.001
 Spouse or partner   499 (47)   209 (37)   290 (58)  
 Child   372 (35)   235 (42)   137 (27)  
 Sibling   64 ( 6)   32 ( 6)   32 ( 6)  
 Parent   60 ( 6)   37 ( 7)   23 ( 5)  
 Other   66 ( 6)   46 ( 8)   20 ( 4)  
Patient
 Age, median years (IQR) 894 69 (16) 408 70 (15) 486 68(17) 0.33
 Female, n (%) 894 340 (38) 408 144 (35) 486 196 (40) 0.12
 Days in ICU, median days (IQR) 893 8 (10) 406 9 (11) 487 7 (10) 0.16
 Level of therapy, n (%) 856   408   448   <0.001
 Full   630 (74)   315 (77)   315 (70)  
 Life-sustaining therapy withheld   123 (14)   38 (9)   85 (19)  
 Life-sustaining therapy withdrawn   103 (12)   55 (13)   48 (11)  
 Discharge, n (%) 895   408   487   <0.001
 Planned   658 (74)   266 (65)   392 (81)  
 Dead   178 (20)   88 (22)   90 (18)  
 Othere   59 ( 7)   54 (13)   5 ( 1)  
 Reason for admission, n (%) 894   407   487   <0.001
 Respiratory   311 (35)   142 (35)   169 (35)  
 Sepsis   152 (17)   52 (13)   100 (21)  
 Cardiovascular   274 (31)   119 (29)   155 (32)  
 Other   157 (18)   94 (23)   63 (13)  
 Mechanical ventilation, n (%) 894 783 (88) 408 346 (85) 486 437 (90) 0.02
 APACHE II, median score (IQR) 509 21 (10) 59 24 (12) 450 21 (10) 0.01
 SAPS II, median score (IQR) 638 50 (24) 277 51 (22) 361 48 (26) 0.09
  1. APACHE II Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II, SAPS II Simplified Acute Physiology Score II
  2. aThe Mann-Whitney U test or χ2/Fisher exact test as appropriate
  3. bDifferent numbers due to missing data
  4. cExcept where noted, the statistics provided are number (percentage)
  5. dInterquartile range (percentile75–25)
  6. eIncludes patients who were transferred to other hospitals or who were discharged because of a lack of available beds in the ICU