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Table 3 Patients’ evaluations of the PCA stay (n = 507)

From: Patient-controlled admission contracts: a longitudinal study of patient evaluations

  n %
Initiative for admission by self or others
 Realized myself that I wanted an admission 320 63.1
 Others suggested an admission for me 115 22.7
 I felt pressured by others to admit 9 1.8
 Missing 63 12.4
Was the decision to admit difficult to make?
 It wasn’t difficult to ask for this admission 262 51.7
 It was a little difficult 121 23.9
 It was quite difficult or very difficult 63 12.4
 Missing 61 12.0
Do you think you waited too long to ask for an admission?
 I asked for it when I needed it 247 48.7
 I should have asked for it a bit earlier 141 27.8
 I should have asked for it much earlier 56 11.0
 Missing 63 12.4
Social activities during the stay
 Have been with others “a lot” or “partly” 390 76.9
 Have had more than one talk with ward personnel 262 51.7
 Have had more than one talk with a doctor or psychologist 73 14.4
Discharge characteristics
 Patient discharged according to the PCA 432 85.2
 Patient discharged, but wanted a longer stay 11 2.2
 Patient transferred to regular admission or different ward 38 7.5
 Missing 26 5.1
Did the admission help you?
 No, it did not help 19 3.7
 Yes, it helped somewhat 107 21.1
 Yes, it helped a good deal 154 30.4
 Yes, it helped very much 168 33.1
 Missing 59 11.6
Have you gotten better during the stay?
 No, I have not gotten better 54 10.7
 Yes, somewhat better 184 36.3
 Yes, a good deal better 133 26.2
 Yes, very much better 77 15.2
 Missing 59 11.6
Evaluation of the length of the stay
 I would have liked to stay longer 193 38.1
 The length of the stay was alright 238 46.9
 I could have managed with a shorter stay 11 2.2
 Missing 65 12.8