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Table 2 Classification of the patients into the three groups of WD

From: Death wishes and explicit requests for euthanasia in a palliative care hospital: an analysis of patients files

  Notes (n = 228,886*) Patients (n = 2157)
Number % Number %
Observations and notes extracted by computer search 2080 1% 917 43%
Group ER, ST or OWD 335 0.1% 195 9%
Group ER: Request for euthanasia 100 5% 61 3%
Group ST: Thought of suicide 21 1% 15 1%
Group OWD: Other expression of a Wish to Die 214 10% 119 6%
Withdrawn notes 1745 84% 836 39%
  1. *33,024 and 195,862 notes from medical and paramedical staff, respectively.
  2. Computer extraction of medical observations and carers’ notes. Distribution between the three groups. A note can belong to only one group, with priority to “euthanasia request” (ER), then “suicidal thoughts” (ST) then other expression of a wish to die (OWD). A given patient may be linked to several notes: he/she was classified in the ER group if he/she expressed ER at least once; otherwise, the patient was classified in the ST group if expressing ST at least once; otherwise, the patient was classified in the OWD group.