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Table 3 Reasons selected by junior doctors for commencing antibiotics (n = 37)*

From: Junior medical doctors’ decision making when using advance care directives to guide treatment for people with dementia: a cross-sectional vignette study

Reasons n %
Do not have to follow ACD because it is inconsistent with what is clinically indicated 4 11
ACD is relevant in my decision-making process, but other factors are more relevant 14 38
The SDM has legal authority to request life-sustaining treatment, even if it conflicts with the patient’s ACD 13 35
The ACD is not relevant to my decision-making because I don’t believe ACDs are appropriate to determine treatment 0 0
The ACD does not have legal effect 0 0
  1. *Totals do not sum to 37 due to missing responses