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Table 2 Background characteristics of patients of whom the request for EAS was refuseda

From: Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in patients suffering from psychiatric disorders: a cross-sectional study exploring the experiences of Dutch psychiatrists

  n = 66
% n
Age, years
 16–49 years 42.4 28
 50–64 39.4 26
 65–79 10.6 7
 80+ 7.6 5
Gender
 Female 62.5 40
 Male 37.5 24
Psychiatric main diagnosisb
 Personality disorder 59.1 39
 Mood disorder 50.0 33
 Psychotic disorder 16.7 11
 Autism spectrum disorder 9.1 6
 Other 10.6 7
Secondary diagnosis
 No 35.9 23
 Yes 64.1 41
  Psychiatric 45.3 29
  Somatic 9.4 6
  Psychiatric and somatic 9.4 6
Place of residence at the time of the request
 Home or with relatives 62.1 41
 Mental health facility 24.2 16
 Assisted living facility 6.1 4
 Psychiatric ward of a general hospital 3.0 2
 Other 4.5 3
Time under treatment prior to the first explicit requestc
  < 1 month 40.9 27
 1–12 months 28.8 19
  > 12 months 30.3 20
Expected life-expectancy at the time or request
  ≤ 12 months 3.0 2
  > 12 months 97.0 63
Ability to communicate substantively with the patient
 Good 48.5 31
 Reasonably good 28.1 18
 Moderately good 20.3 13
 Little to none 3.1 2
  1. aMissing observations varied between 0 and 2 (0–3%)
  2. bMore than one answer possible
  3. cThis question only concerned the time under treatment with the participating psychiatrist. It is very likely that patients have previously been treated by other psychiatrists