Table 4

Comparison of importance of various factors for never performed EAS, but being willing to do so under certain conditions and never performed EAS, and not willing to ever do so (n = 6348, ORs). Multinomial logistic regression; reference group 'ever performed EAS'; adjusted for country and clinical specialty.

Never performed EAS, but willing to do so under certain conditions

Never performed EAS, and would never do so


Being female

1.5*

1.8*

Being over 50 years

0.64*

0.55*

Ever having had palliative care training

0.77*

0.72*

Attending to more than 5 terminal patients in 12 months

0.65*

0.73*

Religion being (very) important for professional attitudes

0.95

1.2

Non-religious philosophy of life being (very) important for professional attitudes

0.78

0.45*

(Strongly) agreeing with the statement 'a person should have the right to decide whether or not to hasten the end of his or her life'

0.72*

0.23*

(Strongly) agreeing with the statement 'In all circumstances physicians should aim at preserving the lives of their patients, even if patients ask for the hastening of the end of their lives'

1.0

2.5*

(Strongly) agreeing with the statement 'sufficient availability of high-quality palliative care prevents almost all requests for euthanasia or assisted suicide'

1.4*

2.1*

(Strongly) agreeing with the statement 'permitting the use of drugs in lethal doses on the explicit request of the patient will gradually lead to an increase in the use of drugs in lethal doses without a request of the patient'

1.0

1.5*

(Strongly) agreeing with the statement 'permitting the use of drugs in lethal doses on the explicit request of the patient will harm the relationship between patients and physicians'

1.1

2.5*


* 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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