Table 2

"Should/should not" awareness and what is actually done answers toward the Cases (n = 304)

Should/should not" awareness of treatment options (%)

Should be done (withdrawn)

Should not be done (not withdrawn)

Judgment is not possible


What is actually being done (%)

Usually, initiate

Usually, withhold

Cannot say one more than the other

Have not encountered


Case1

55

15

30

(Initiation of tube feeding)

70

11

14

5

Case2

18

54

28

(Attachment of respirator)

18

59

19

4

Case3

16

53

31

(Withdrawal of tube feeding)

11

53

16

20


Bito and Asai BMC Medical Ethics 2007 8:7   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-8-7

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