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Table 2 Agreement with statements about euthanasia and PAS in 1993, 2003, 2013 and 2020

From: Ambivalence toward euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide has decreased among physicians in Finland

Statement Fully agree Partly agree Partly disagree Fully disagree I cannot say
1993 2003 2013 2020 1993 2003 2013 2020 1993 2003 2013 2020 1993 2003 2013 2020 1993 2003 2013 2020
Euthanasia should be legalized in Finland 5% 9% 15% 25% 25% 21% 31% 24% 21% 16% 17% 13% 30% 46% 28% 34% 19% 9% 9% 5%
A practice similar to that in the Netherlands and Belgium should be adopted 12% 15% 24% 30% 37% 22% 28% 22% 14% 17% 15% 11% 23% 37% 26% 31% 13% 10% 7% 5%
A physician should be punished for assisting in a suicide 22% 14% 13% 11% 13% 18% 14% 13% 32% 28% 31% 27% 14% 22% 22% 39% 20% 18% 19% 10%
With adequate terminal care and pain control, there is no need for active* euthanasia 25% 32% 24% 31% 32% 31% 32% 26% 22% 23% 30% 27% 11% 9% 9% 14% 10% 6% 6% 2%
Accepting active*euthanasia would harm the doctor–patient relationship in general 22% 21% 14% 18% 26% 23% 19% 18% 23% 24% 27% 20% 15% 16% 21% 31% 15% 16% 20% 13%
  1. *This word was removed from the questionnaire in 2020 due to the fact that it is outdated