Table 3

Importance of clinical specialty on experience with end-of-life care (n = 6587, ORs). Multivariate logistic regression (reference group: general practitioners); adjusted for country.

Anaesthesiology

Geriatrics

Gynaecology

Internal medicine

Neurology

Oncology

Pulmonology

Surgery


Ever withheld or withdrawn treatment

1.9*

3.1*

0.55*

2.0*

1.2

1.4*

2.0

1.5

Ever intensified alleviation of pain and symptoms

1.2*

1.2

0.55*

1.7*

0.74*

1.8*

2.2*

1.2

Ever deeply sedated a patient until death

1.0

1.0

0.51*

0.98

0.72*

2.4*

1.3*

0.76*

Ever received a request for ending of life

0.57*

1.4*

0.42*

0.96

0.87

1.9*

1.5*

0.80*

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

0.50*

0.34*

0.37*

0.51*

0.51*

0.90

0.81

0.46*


* Odds ratio 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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