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Table 2 Exploratory Factor Analysis of Items in Area 1: “Attitudes to end-of-life care”

From: Development and psychometric evaluation of a new tool for measuring the attitudes of patients with progressive neurological diseases to ethical aspects of end-of-life care

Rotated Component Matrixa
AttitudesPatientsFamily members
Dom 1 – CONTROL OVER END OF LIFE  0.652  0.659
 Having medicine available to end one’s life. 0.6480.537 0.5540.471
 Quality of life is more important than its length. 0.6730.531 0.4970.551
 Greater fear of helplessness and dependence than of death. 0.7520.479 0.7140.500
 Having pain killers under control.0.4120.4760.557 0.6190.552
 More open discussions in public about death and dying.0.3400.3460.609 0.3090.622
Dom 2 – KEEPING PATIENTS ALIVE  0.658  0.695
 Discussion with a doctor about prognosis and end of life is too depressing.0.309 0.6710.461 0.645
 To have the latest treatment available regardless of the side effects.0.537 0.5950.624 0.587
 The doctor should decide about and manage end-of-life care.0.427 0.6220.3230.3160.612
 To have pain relief treatment at the cost of sedation or confusion.0.416 0.6440.529 0.650
 When losing the ability to eat, to start tube (enteral) feeding.0.792 0.6520.672 0.557
 When losing the ability to breathe, to introduce APV.0.738−0.3970.5180.762 0.528
 To be kept alive at any cost.0.509− 0.4990.5870.638−0.3230.596
 26.8%21.4% 25.4%21.1% 
  1. aVarimax with Kaiser Normalization, Coefficients below 0.3 suppressed, bCronbach’s alpha for domain, cCronbach’s alpha if item deleted