Table 3

Comparison between HCPs and Non-HCPs.

Question

HCP

Non-HCP

P Value


Overall

67 (62%)

40 (37%)2.

Is a physician's refusal to provide or continue treatment on the ground of futility judgment morally sound?

Yes

13(19.4%)

11(27.5%)

No

49(73.1%)

24(60%)

0.252

Others (Comments)

5(7.5%)

5(12.5%)

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If treatment is physiologically futile, is there any obligation on a physician to inform the patient?

Yes

56(86.2)

35(87.5%)

No/Others

9(13.9%)

5(12.5%)

0.884


Should physicians be allowed to judge about evaluative futility and rely on their own personal beliefs and values?

Yes

18(29%)

13(33.3%)

No

44(71%)

26(66.7%)

0.648


* Written comments were excluded in the analysis.

Bagheri et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2006 7:8   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-7-8

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