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Table 5 Reasons selected by junior doctors for commencing treatment (n = 83)*

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 5 6
ACD is relevant in my decision-making process, but other factors are more relevant 37 45
The SDM has legal authority to request life-sustaining treatment, even if it conflicts with the patient’s ACD 15 18
The ACD is not relevant to my decision-making because I don’t believe ACDs are appropriate to determine treatment 1 1.2
The ACD does not have legal effect 1 1.2
  1. *Totals do not sum to 83 due to missing responses