Table 3

Characteristics of the presence of reasonable alternatives. (questions phrased from the standard form of the reporting physician)

n = 158

%


What had been done in terms of palliative care?1

Medication

89

Radio- or chemotherapy

21

Other2

46

Not clearly specified in the report

1

Were there (other) possibilities to relieve the patient's suffering?1

Yes:

353

Administration of sedatives

10

Other pain medication

11

Radio- or chemotherapy

3

Intensive home care/family care

2

Other

10

How did the patient feel about these alternatives?

n = 56

Positive

4

Negative

81

Other

13

Not clearly specified in the report

2


1. One or more answers could be given.

2. Other include: oxygen administration, artificial respiration, artificial administration of food and fluids, blood transfusions, home care, surgery, stoma, administration of sedatives, talks with the patient.

3. In three cases, the question was answered affirmatively but not further explained.

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

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