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Table 2 Background characteristics of interview respondents

From: Opinions about euthanasia and advanced dementia: a qualitative study among Dutch physicians and members of the general public

  Physicians (n = 49) N (%) Members of the general public (n = 16) (%) N
Age   
Mean ± SD 49 ± 9 54 ± 13
Gender   
Male 33 (67) 8 (50)
Female 16 (33) 8 (50)
Education 1   
Low n.a. 5 (31)
Middle n.a. 6 (38)
High 49 (100) 5 (31)
Experience with euthanasia request 3   
Yes 38 (78) 4 (25)
No 10 (20) 12 (75)
Unknown 1 (2) n.a.
Experience with advance directive 4   
Yes 19 (30) 1 (6)
No 26 (53) 14 (88)
Unknown 4 (8) 1 (6)
Care setting   
Hospital care2 16 (33) n.a.
Home care 19 (39) n.a.
Nursing home care 14 (28) n.a.
Unknown n.a. n.a.
Attitude towards euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide   
Liberal 23 (47) 8 (50)
Intermediate 0 (0) 3 (19)
Conservative 22 (45) 5 (31)
Unknown 4 (8) n.a.
  1. 1Low = level 1-3 according to ISCED guidance (primary school, lower secondary general education, lower vocational education), middle = level 4 according to ISCED guidance (intermediate vocational or higher secondary general education), high = level 5-7 according to ISCED guidance (higher vocational education or university).
  2. 2internal medicine (2), sugery (1), neurology (5), pulmonology (5), cardiology (3).
  3. 3Experience with a patient’s (for physicians) or relative’s (for members of the general public) actual request in the last 5 years.
  4. 4Experience with an incompetent patient’s (for physicians) or relative’s (for members of the general public) advance directive in the last 5 years, in a situation where a medical decision needed to be made.