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Table 4 Attitudes toward PAS, whether respondents would like to have PAS as an option, and whether respondents would consider prescribing such drugs for self-administration in relation to how the participants’ own trust in healthcare would be affected

From: Trends in Swedish physicians’ attitudes towards physician-assisted suicide: a cross-sectional study

Specialties Principal attitude yes (%) Would have PAS myself: yes (%) Would consider prescribing drugs: yes (%)
Psychiatrists (n = 127/109/108) 54.3 (45.6–63.0) 50.5 (41.1–59.9) 40.7 (31.4–50.0)
Surgeons (n = 138/128/127) 54.3 (46.0–62.6) 55.5 (46.9–64.1) 39.4 (30.9–47.9)
GPs (n = 141/116/116) 48.2 (40.0–56.4) 44.8 (358.8–53.8) 37.9 (29.1–46.7)
Oncologists (n = 145/127/127) 45.5 (37.4–53.6) 36.2 (27.8–44.6) 31.5 (23.4–39.6)
Internists (n = 161/144/145) 43.5 (35.8–51.2) 41.0 (33.0–49.0) 34.5 (26.8–42.2)
Geriatricians (n = 129/112/112) 37.2 (28.9–45.5) 34.8 (26.0–43.6) 21.4 (13.8–29.0)
Palliativists (n = 76/70/70) 26.3 (16.4–36.2) 27.1 (16.7–37.5) 24.3 (14.3–34.3)
Others (16/13/13) 7/16 7/13 3/13
Totally (n = 819/818/818) 45.4 (42.0–48.8) 42.5 (39.1–45.9) 31.1 (27.9–34.3)
  1. The results are presented as proportions of those who answered Yes among all clinical specialties with a 95% confidence interval (in brackets). General practitioners = GPs; n = number of respondents per column