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Table 6 Socio-demographic and professionals factors in psychiatrists’ engagement in the euthanasia decision-making procedure

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

  Ever performed the role of … Performing physician
NO ROLE Referring physician Preliminary advising physician Formal advising physician Attending physician
Sex
 Male (n = 100) 25 (25) 43 (43.9) 16 (16.3) 27 (27) 34 (34) 5 (5)
 Female (n = 75) 24 (32) 33 (44) 17 (22.7) 12 (16) 19 (25.3) 3 (4)
Age
  < 40 (n = 66) 23 (34.8) 32 (48.5) 12 (18.2) 4 (6.2)a 12 (18.2)a 2 (3)
 41–60 (n = 64) 14 (21.9) 32 (50) 11 (17.2) 18 (28.1)a 23 (35.9)a 4 (6.3)
  > 60 (n = 48) 12 (25.5) 14 (29.2) 12 (25) 17 (36.2)a 19 (39.6)a 2 (4.2)
Years of work experience
  < 10 (n = 52) 20 (38.5) 24 (46.2) 10 (19.2) 4 (7.7)a 8 (15.4)a 1 (1.9)
 10–20 (n = 41) 9 (22) 19 (46.3) 11 (26.8) 8 (19.5)a 15 (36.6a) 4 (9.8)
  > 20 (n = 85) 20 (23.8) 35 (41.2) 14 (16.5) 27 (31.8)a 31 (36.5)a 3 (3.5)
Perceived Competence
 Yes (n = 89) 15 (16.9)b 37 (41.6) 25 (28.1)a 33 (37.1)b 43 (48.3)b 8 (9)b
 No (n = 88) 34 (38.6)b 41 (46.6) 10 (11.4)a 6 (6.8)b 10 (11.4)b 0b
  1. In bold: p < .05
  2. aIn bold: significant results after Bonferroni test for multiple comparisons, p < .0033
  3. bIn bold: significant results after Bonferroni test for multiple comparisons, p < .005