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Table 4 Psychiatrists engaged as “formally advising physician” during the past 12 months

From: The engagement of psychiatrists in the assessment of euthanasia requests from psychiatric patients in Belgium: a survey study

Type of engagement In 1–2 euthanasia procedures In 3–5 euthanasia procedures In more than 5 euthanasia procedures Total
Giving any advice 76 (100%) 20 (100%) 6 (100%) 102 (100)
Giving Formal Positive Advice 36 (47.4%) 3 (15%) 2 (33.3%) 41 (40.2%)a
Giving Formal Negative Advice 26 (34.2%) 14 (70%) 2 (33.3%) 42 (41.2%)b
Refusing to give Formal Advice 14 (6.3%) 3 (15%) 2 (33.3%) 19 (18.6%)c
  1. aof which 16 psychiatrists (39%) only gave positive advices
  2. bof which 17 psychiatrists (40%) only gave negative advices
  3. cof which 10 psychiatrists (52.7%) only refused to give advices