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Table 2 Reasons Given for Decision to Commence Antibiotics or Not. Responses by State % (n)

From: Comparing doctors’ legal compliance across three Australian states for decisions whether to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment: does different law lead to different decisions?

Reasons for commencing antibiotics (not following advance directive) NSW
% (n)
QLD
% (n)
VIC
% (n)
I do not have to follow the advance directive because it is inconsistent with what is clinically indicated 13 (31) 14 (21) 11 (21)
The advance directive is relevant to my decision-making process but other factors are more relevant 70 (164) 70 (108) 73 (124)
The advance directive is not relevant to my decision-making because I don’t believe advance directives are appropriate to determining treatment 2 (4) 1(1) 1 (1)
The advance directive does not have legal effect 3 (8) 3(5) 6 (12)
Other 10 (24) 10 (17) 8 (16)
Total 100 (231) 100 (152) 100 (192)
Reasons for not commencing antibiotics (following advance directive) NSW
% (n)
QLD
% (n)
VIC
% (n)
The most important consideration is following the patient’s wishes 43 (40) 33 (20) 30 (34)
The most important consideration is that the law requires me to follow the advance directive 8 (7) 10 (6) 4 (5)
Both of the above considerations are equally important 48 (45) 57 (34) 64 (73)
Other 0 0 2 (2)
Total 100 (92) 100 (60) 100 (114)