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Table 3 Factors influencing students’ stances on MAiD

From: This moral coil: a cross-sectional survey of Canadian medical student attitudes toward medical assistance in dying

Factors influencing stance
1 – not important
5 – very important
Mean Response (SD) Would you provide the means for a patient to end their own life if they requested it? (p-value)
Odds Ratio p Value Lower CI Upper CI
Patient autonomy 4.57 (0.71) +2.81 0.004 1.38 5.72
Patient diagnosis 4.25 (0.88) +1.04 0.890 0.58 1.88
Knowledge about palliative care 4.15 (0.95) −1.60 0.161 0.83 3.06
Legality of MAiD 4.13 (1.10) +1.29 0.286 0.81 2.04
Potential for negative consequences (abuse, slippery slope) 3.77 (1.19) −1.67 0.035 1.04 2.68
Personal perception of physician’s role 3.70 (1.06) −1.64 0.062 0.98 2.76
Medical education/clinical experience 3.52 (1.11) +1.64 0.029 1.05 2.57
Personal morals 3.50 (1.24) −1.17 0.532 0.71 1.94
Patient age (child, middle aged, elderly) 3.39 (1.10) +1.02 0.932 0.64 1.62
Opinion of medical community 3.15 (1.09) +1.29 0.319 0.78 2.13
Experience with death of family/friend 2.48 (1.27) +1.30 0.219 0.85 1.98
Religious/spiritual beliefs/teachings 2.29 (1.39) −2.61 <0.001 1.70 4.01
  1. (+) indicates increased likelihood while (−) indicates decreased likelihood