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Table 2 Background characteristics of physicians (n = 1354)a

From: Public and physicians’ support for euthanasia in people suffering from psychiatric disorders: a cross-sectional survey study

  General practitioners Elderly care physicians Medical specialists Psychiatrists
N = 607 N = 209 N = 331 N = 207
No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) No. (%)
Demographics
 Gender
  Male 260 (43.3) 80 (38.5) 198 (60.0) 122 (59.5)
  Female 341 (56.7) 128 (61.5) 132 (40.0) 83 (40.5)
 Age in years
  < 40 167 (27.5) 28 (13.4) 88 (26.6) 20 (9.6)
  40–54 280 (46.1) 105 (50.2) 176 (53.2) 103 (49.8)
  ≥ 55 160 (26.4) 76 (36.4) 67 (20.2) 84 (40.6)
 Religious belief
  No 398 (66.6) 130 (62.5) 241 (73.7) 117 (57.9)
  Yes 200 (33.4) 78 (37.5) 86 (26.3) 85 (42.1)
Professional characteristics
 Years of experience
  < 10 142 (23.4) 22 (10.5) 65 (19.6) 46 (22.2)
  ≥ 10 465 (76.6) 187 (89.5) 266 (80.4) 161 (77.8)
 Palliative care education
  No 261 (43.6) 76 (36.9) 257 (77.9) 195 (96.1)
  Yes 338 (56.4) 130 (63.1) 73 (22.1) 8 (3.9)
 Consultant palliative care/member palliative care team
  No 597 (98.5) 181 (87.9) 309 (93.9) 202 (99.5)
  Yes 9 (1.5) 25 (12.1) 20 (6.1) 1 (0.5)
 SCEN physician
  No 580 (95.7) 194 (94.2) 325 (99.1) 199 (98.0)
  Yes 26 (4.3) 12 (5.8) 3 (0.9) 4 (2.0)
 Ever received an explicit EAS request
  No 42 (6.9) 49 (23.4) 182 (55.2) 111 (58.1)
  Yes, but never performed EAS 92 (15.2) 60 (28.7) 73 (22.1) 73 (38.2)
  Yes, and ever performed EAS 472 (77.9) 100 (47.8) 75 (22.7) 7 (3.7)
 Received an EAS request from a psychiatric patient in the past year
  No 564 (95.4) 196 (95.6) 325 (99.4) 164 (83.7)
  Yes 27 (4.6) 9 (4.4) 2 (0.6) 32 (16.3)
 Ever performed EAS on request from a psychiatric patientb
  Nee 572 (95.2) 199 (95.2) 327 (99.1) 184 (96.3)
  Ja 29 (4.8) 10 (4.8) 3 (0.9) 7 (3.7)
  1. a Number of missing varied between 0 (0%) and 35 (2.6%)
  2. b General practitioners, medical specialists and elderly care physicians were asked whether they found it conceivable that they would perform EAS in patients with psychiatric disorders. This specification, ‘in patients with psychiatric disorders’, was omitted for psychiatrists, as they presumably do not receive EAS requests from patients without psychiatric disorders