Table 3

 Aspects of the course of the patient’s illness and the views of 56 bereaved relatives about quality of life and the value of radiotherapy

Good or acceptable quality of lifeSatisfaction with radiotherapy
N (%)p Value*N (%)p Value*
Figures are numbers (percentages) of relatives.
*Pearson’s χ2 test for difference (two tailed) rounded to two points or χ2 test for trend. †data missing in three cases because the patient was too confused; ‡from ratings of relatives’ reports made in the initial part of the illness at interview 1 or 2; §assessed by the World Health Organisation Clinical Performance status11 after the diagnosis; ¶time lived before the Barthel score14 dropped below 20; **data from “best follow up interview”10 for 34 patients who were well enough for interviews; ††data for 38 relatives seen at follow up during the illness.
Age (years)
    21–445/13 (38)7/13 (54)
    45–599/18 (50)9/18 (50)
    60–758/25 (32)0.509/25 (32)0.50
MRC Prognostic Index Score
    0–153/7 (43)4/7 (57)
    16–2511/23 (48)14/24 (58)
    26–388/26 (31)0.508/25 (32)0.20
Surgery
    Biopsy8/29 (28)7/29 (24)
    Partial or complete resection14/27 (52)0.0619/27 (70)0.01
Initial distress†
    Nil10/16 (63)11/16 (69)
    Some10/23 (43)12/23 (52)
    Marked or moderate2/14 (14)0.013/14 (21)0.02
Cognitive or personality change‡
    Nil/some16/30 (53)16/30 (53)
    Marked or moderate6/26 (23)0.0210/26 (39)0.50
Initial disability§
    0 or 19/13 (69)8/13 (62)
    210/24 (42)14/24 (58)
    3 or 43/19 (16) 0.014/19 (21)0.02
Time lived free from physical disability¶
    6 months or more11/17 (65)12/17 (71)
    1 to 5 months8/18 (44)10/18 (56)
    0 months3/21 (14)0.014/21 (19)0.01
Length of survival
    12 months or more9/16 (56)11/16 (69)
    6 to12 months9/21 (43)12/21 (57)
    Less than 6 months4/19 (21)0.053/19 (16)0.01
Patient report of problems**
    Remained well/improved13/17 (76)13/17 (76)
    Continuing/worsening5/17 (29)0.029/17 (53)0.30
Relative report of problems††
    Remained well/improved12/14 (86)12/14 (86)
    Continuing/worsening8/24 (33)0.0112/24 (50)0.06