Table 2

Importance of various factors on experience with ELDs (n = 6587, ORs). Multivariate logistic regression; adjusted for country and clinical specialty.

Female

>50 years

training in palliative care

>5 terminal patients in 12 months

Religion (very) important

Philosophy of life (very) important

Right to decide to hasten the end of life

Physicians should aim at preserving life


Ever withheld or withdrawn treatment

0.70*

0.88*

1.7*

2.7*

0.94

1.2

1.1

0.55*

Ever intensified alleviation of pain and symptoms

0.75*

0.85*

1.8*

2.3*

0.83*

1.3*

1.2*

0.63*

Ever deeply sedated a patient until death

0.78*

1.2*

1.5*

1.8*

0.96

1.1

1.3*

0.70*

Ever received a request for ending of life

0.71*

1.2*

1.7*

1.9*

1.0

1.3*

1.2*

0.73*

Ever ended the life of a patient on his or her request

0.63*

1.6*

1.3*

1.4*

0.82*

1.6*

2.9*

0.44*


* OR differs significantly from 1.0 (α = 0.05).

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

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