Table 1

Characteristics of the patient's request.(Questions phrased from the standard form of the reporting physician)

n = 158

%


Was the patient, while expressing the request, fully aware of the implications of his or her request and of his or her physical situation?

No

11

Yes

99

If yes, from what circumstances did you make these conclusions? 2

Patient was clear headed

65

Patient's request was repeated several times

23

Patient had no mental problems

13

Patient was aware about his situation and prospects

10

Physician knew the patient very well

4

Other3

15

Not clearly specified in physicians' report

5


Are there indications that the patient's request was expressed under pressure from others?

No

100


Was a written euthanasia declaration available?

Yes

97


1 case.

2. More than one answer could be given, open question.

3. Other includes: Family was convinced that the request was well-considered, patient's request had been judged by another physician, availability of an advance directive, patient always wanted to decide for himself.

Buiting et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2009 10:18   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-10-18

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