Table 1

Experiences with end-of-life decisions (weighted rounded percentages). Missing observations per country: between 28 and 137 for withholding and withdrawing treatment; between 15 and 308 for intensifying treatment of pain and symptoms; between 0 and 64 for deep sedation; between 0 and 60 for receiving a request and between 65 and 330 for ending of life on request.

Au (n = 1478)

Be (n = 1750)

CH (n = 1397)

DK (n = 1217)

IT (n = 1508)

NL (n = 1275)

SE (n = 1514)


%

95%CI

%

95%CI

%

95%CI

%

95%CI

%

95%CI

%

95%CI

%

95%CI


Withholding and/or withdrawing treatment taking into account the probability or certainty that this would hasten the end of the patient's life

- ever

77

70–84

80

73–88

78

72–84

86

78–95

37

34–41

82

74–89

72

66–78

- never, but would be willing to do so under certain conditions

17

14–21

17

13–20

19

16–21

11

7–14

38

35–41

18

14–22

24

20–28

- never, and would never do so

6

4–8

3

1–4

4

2–5

4

1–6

24

22–27

1

0.2–1

5

3–6

Intensifying the alleviation of pain and/or symptoms by using drugs, taking into account the probability or certainty that this would hasten the end of the patient's life

- ever

83

75–90

92

83–99

71

66–77

95

86–99

57

53–61

94

86–99

64

58–70

- never, but would be willing to do so under certain conditions

13

10–16

8

8–10

23

20–26

3

1–5

26

23–29

5

3–7

26

22–30

- never, and would never do so

4

2–6

1

0.1–2

5

5–8

2

1–4

17

15–19

1

0.1–1

10

8–13

Administering drugs to keep a patient in deep sedation until death, without giving (artificial) hydration or nutrition

- ever

28

23–32

32

27–37

26

22–29

31

25–36

12

11–14

46

39–52

20

17–23

- never‡

72

65–80

68

61–75

74

69–80

70

62–77

88

83–93

55

48–61

80

74–87

Receiving an explicit request from a patient to administer, prescribe or supply drugs with the explicit intention of hastening the end of life

- ever

36

31–41

40

34–45

37

33–41

34

28–39

14

12–16

71

63–78

24

20–27

-never

64

58–71

60

54–67

63

58–68

66

59–74

86

81–91

30

25–34

76

70–83

Administering, prescribing or supplying drugs with the explicit intention of hastening the end of life on the explicit request of a patient

- ever

7

4–9

19

15–24

9

7–11

14

10–19

56

48–63

1

0.4–2

- never, but would be willing to do so under certain conditions

28

23–32

45

39–51

32

29–36

24

18–29

29

25–34

15

12–17

- never, and would never do so

66

59–73

36

30–41

59

53–64

62

54–70

15

12–18

84

78–91


† Question not asked in Italy because this would presumably upset the public opinion.

‡ Mistakenly, in the question on deep sedation no distinction was made between 'never, but would be willing...' and 'would never do so

Löfmark et al. BMC Medicine 2008 6:4   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-6-4

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