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Table 3 Moral evaluation of different scenarios (details in valid percent, difference at 100% due to rounding)

From: Attitudes towards terminal sedation: an empirical survey among experts in the field of medical ethics

Dying patient Acceptable Not acceptable Don't know
   M øM M øM M øM
Physical suffering Only sedation 98 97 1 1 1 1
  Sedation + withdrawal of nutrition 86 89 12 8 3 3
  Only withdrawal of nutrition 92 95 6 5 3 0
Physical suffering Only sedation 61 52 23 39 16 9
  Sedation + withdrawal of nutrition 55 44 29 46 16 10
  Only withdrawal of nutrition 68 63 21 22 11 14
Patient with unfavourable prognosis Acceptable Not acceptable Don't know
   M øM M øM M øM
Physical suffering Only sedation 74 66 17 23 9 11
  Sedation + withdrawal of nutrition 63 56 28 30 9 14
  Only withdrawal of nutrition 78 71 17 22 5 7
Mental suffering Only sedation 37 36 43 47 20 18
  Sedation + withdrawal of nutrition 32 27 48 52 20 21
  Only withdrawal of nutrition 52 50 34 39 14 12
  1. M = respondents with a medical background; øM = respondents without a medical background