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Table 2 Geriatric patients' expectations from their physicians

From: Geriatric patients' expectations of their physicians: findings from a tertiary care hospital in Pakistan

Expectations from physicians in terms of n = 380 (%)
  Not Important Important Very Important
1. Explaining the nature of the disease in clear and simple language 59 (15.5) 93 (24.5) 228 (60)
2. Letting you talk freely about your illness and problems 48 (12.6) 196 (51.6)
(35.8)
136
3. Involving your family and friends in the consultation with your permission 161 (42.4) 119 (31.3)
(26.3)
100
4. Discussing all available treatment options and letting you make the final decision 28 (7.4) 51 (13.4)
(79.2)
301
5. Prescribing minimum possible Medicines 21 (5.5) 38 (10)
(84.5)
321
6. Informing you about any side effects of treatment prescribed 37 (9.7) 202 (53.2)
(37.1)
141
7. Telling you how long the illness will last and the number of follow-ups needed 35 (9.2) 63 (16.6)
(74.2)
282
8. Not refusing to treat you on the grounds of age 106 (27.9) 77 (20.3)
(51.8)
197
9. Knowing about the complete spectrum of care issues for elderly patients 31 (8.2) 48 (12.6)
(79.2)
301
10. Giving you a realistic but optimistic picture of your health and future 22 (5.8) 32 (8.4)
(85.8)
326
11. Using both non-verbal and verbal gestures to comfort you when needed 18 (4.7) 133 (35) 229 (60.3)