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Table 3 Relevance of Factors in Decision to Commence Antibiotics or Not. Responses by State and by Treating or Not Treating (Mean Score from 1 to 4 (SD)), in descending order of importance

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?

Factor
(Overall Mean)
1
NSW Treat
2
NSW Not Treat
3
QLD Treat
4
QLD Not Treat
5
VIC Treat
6
VIC Not Treat
7
TOTAL Treat
8
TOT
AL Non-Treat
NSW
P value
Treat vs Not Treat
QLD
P value
Treat vs Not Treat
VIC
P value
Treat vs Not Treat
TOTAL
P value
Treat vs Not Treat
Patient’s expected quality of life after proposed treatment
(3.43)
3.72 (0.57) 2.84 (0.95) 3.72 (0.51) 2.83 (0.94) 3.72 (0.53) 2.73 (0.98) 3.72
(0.54)
2.79
(0.95)
<0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Whether treatment is clinically indicated
(3.18)
3.41 (0.64) 2.73 (0.97) 3.48 (0.62) 2.61 (0.85) 3.45 (0.65) 2.53 (0.91) 3.44
(0.64)
2.61
(0.92)
<0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Your personal ethical principles
(2.95)
3.04 (0.87) 3.02 (0.92) 3.09 (0.84) 2.57 (1.13) 2.97 (0.90) 2.68 (1.06) 3.03
(0.87)
2.77
(1.04)
0.89 <0.001 0.008 <0.001
Following the patient’s advance directive
(2.90)
2.52 (0.70) 3.68 (0.47) 2.63 (0.63) 3.52 (0.50) 2.57 (0.67) 3.65 (0.51) 2.57
(0.67)
3.63
(0.50)
<0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Following the law
(2.77)
2.58 (0.79) 3.07 (0.72) 2.65 (0.66) 3.10 (0.54) 2.62 (0.76) 3.16 (0.69) 2.61
(0.75)
3.11
(0.67)
<0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Family views
(2.70)
2.83 (0.74) 2.29 (0.73) 3.06 (0.70) 2.45 (0.77) 2.80 (0.68) 2.23 (0.78) 2.88
(0.72)
2.30
(0.76)
<0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Professional guidelines
(2.69)
2.68 (0.81) 2.70 (0.79) 2.69 (0.84) 2.68 (0.85) 2.67 (0.82) 2.75 (0.85) 2.68
(0.82)
2.72
(0.83)
0.89 0.98 0.37 0.53
Views of colleagues about what you should do
(2.67)
2.66 (0.83) 2.49 (0.83) 2.90 (0.72) 2.70 (0.94) 2.81 (0.86) 2.23 (0.87) 2.77
(0.82)
2.43
(0.89)
0.11 0.12 <0.001 <0.001
Hospital policies
(2.16)
2.08 (0.92) 2.30 (0.91) 1.99 (0.85) 2.23 (0.91) 2.18 (0.87) 2.28 (0.96) 2.09
(0.89)
2.28
(0.93)
0.045 0.074 0.37 0.008
Concerns about being sued or criminal prosecution
(2.09)
1.95 (0.89) 2.22 (0.83) 2.11 (0.91) 2.28 (0.99) 2.08 (0.89) 2.12 (0.98) 2.04
(0.90)
2.19
(0.93)
0.18 0.21 0.71 0.022
Your religious views
(1.25)
1.32 (0.70) 1.27 (0.67) 1.25 (0.64) 1.15 (0.44) 1.23 (0.53) 1.12 (0.43) 1.27
(0.63)
1.18
(0.53)
0.52 0.26 0.16 0.068