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Table 5 Psychiatrists’ readiness to be engaged in psychiatric euthanasia assessment related to their personal and professional characteristics

From: Belgian psychiatrists’ attitudes towards, and readiness to engage in, euthanasia assessment procedures with adults with psychiatric conditions: a survey

  Can conceive of themselves in the role of … *
NO ROLE Referring physician Preliminary advising physician Formal advising physician Attending physician Performing physician
Sex p = .060/.067 p = .084/.102 p = .873/.878 p = .098/.134 p = .543/.645 p = .849/1.000
 Male (n = 98) 21 (21.4%) 61 (62.2%) 43 (43.9%) 35 (35.7%) 49 (50.0%) 10 (10.2%)
 Female (n = 75) 8 (10.7%) 56 (74.7%) 32 (42.7%) 18 (24.0%) 41 (54.7%) 7 (9.3%)
Age p = .000 p = .000 p = .091 p = .648 p = .091 p = .106
  < 40 (n = 65) 4 (6.2%) 60 (92.3%) 35 (53.8%) 17 (26.2%) 38 (58.5%) 9 (13.8%)
 41–60 (n = 64) 8 (12.5%) 42 (65.6%) 24 (37.5%) 20 (31.3%) 35 (54.7%) 7 (10.9%)
  > 60 (n = 47) 17 (36.2%) 17 (36.2%) 17 (36.2%) 16 (34.0%) 18 (38.3%) 1 (2.1%)
Years experience p = .004 p = .000 p = .003 p = .240 p = .142 p = .022
  < 10 (n = 51) 3 (5.9%) 47 (92.2%) 32 (62.7%) 17 (33.3%) 32 (62.7%) 9 (17.6%)
 10–20 (n = 41) 4 (9.8%) 30 (73.2%) 13 (31.7%) 8 (19.5%) 21 (51.2%) 5 (12.2%)
  > 20 (n = 84) 22 (26.2%) 42 (50.0%) 31 (36.9%) 28 (33.3%) 38 (45.2%) 3 (3.6%)
Perceived Competence p = .023/.026 p = .282/.334 p = .001 p = .000 p = .002 p = .211/.307
 Yes (n = 88) 9 (10.2%) 56 (63.6%) 49 (55.7%) 42 (47.7%) 56 (63.6%) 11 (12.5%)
 No (n = 87) 20 (23.0%) 62 (71.3%) 27 (31.0%) 11 (12.6%) 35 (40.2%) 6 (6.9%)
  1. a More than one conceivable role could be ticked by the psychiatrists
  2. Note: In bold: significant p-values for Chi-Square tests/Fisher Exact tests
  3. In Grey: One or more cells with expected count less than 5 and thus Chi2 does not have sufficient power