Table 4

Characteristics of the consultation. (Questions phrased from the standard form of the reporting physician)

n = 158

%


Number of physicians that had been consulted

One

71

Two

22

Three

7

Which physicians were consulted? In the capacity of:

SCEN-physician2

85

General practitioner

18

Medical specialist

30

Other

3

Was/were they already involved in the care for the patient?

Yes

1

One involved, the other not

18

No

80

Not clearly specified in the report

2

What was the nature of the relationship towards the reporting physician?

Unknown colleague

39

Unclear whether colleague is unknown or not

9

Known colleague 3

21

'SCEN-physician'

6

Other

10

Not clearly specified in the report

24


1. More than one physician could have been consulted.

2. SCEN = Support and Consultation for Euthanasia in the Netherlands. A 'SCEN-physician' is a physician who has received formal training in consultation and participates in a formal network of consultants.

3. Colleague own practice/partnership/other collaboration (8%). Familiar colleague not related to own practice/partnership/other collaboration (13%).

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

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