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Table 2 Communication of written positions on all end-of-life decisions in Flemish hospitals in 20071-2

From: Policies to improve end-of-life decisions in Flemish hospitals: communication, training of health care providers and use of quality assessments

  Standard communication Communication on request No communication
Euthanasia (n = 36) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Physicians 26 (76) 4 (12) 4 (12)
Nursing staff 28 (82) 4 (12) 2 (6)
External referrals 13 (45) 10 (35) 6 (21)
Patients and/or family 5 (17) 16 (53) 9 (30)
Palliative sedation (n = 22) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Physicians & nursing staff 15 (71) 5 (24) 1 (5)
Patients and/or family 5 (29) 12 (71) 0
Alleviation of symptoms (n = 15) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Physicians & nursing staff 13 (87) 2 (13) 0
Patients and/or family 5 (38) 8 (62) 0
Do-not-resuscitate decisions (n = 32) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Physicians & nursing staff 27 (87) 4 (13) 0
Patients and/or family 13 (50) 12 (46) 1 (4)
Withdrawing or withholding treatment (n = 23) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Physicians & nursing staff 21 (91) 2 (9) 0
Patients and/or family 9 (45) 11 (55) 0
  1. 1 Absolute numbers (with rounded percentages in parenthesis)
  2. 2 Between 1 and 7 missing values