Table 4

Comparison of answers in the affirmative to questions relating to experiences of voluntary euthanasia (VE) % of yes (95% confidence interval)

Of those who have been asked to hasten deathDoctors (n=195)Nurses (n=75)Victoria*NSW/ACT†
*Doctors surveyed in 1987 in Victoria, Australia (reference 10).
†Doctors surveyed in 1993 in NSW/ACT, Australia (reference 11).
‡Nine doctors answered this question and % of yes and 95% confidence interval was calculated based on 9 as a total number.
§Seventy-four answered this question and % of yes and 95% confidence interval was calculated based on 74 as a total number.
NA: Not applicable.
Have you ever taken active steps to bring about the death of a patient who asked you to do so? 5 (2–8) 02928
If yes, has it happened more than once? (n=9)‡67 (37–97) 08081
If yes, do you still feel you did the right thing? (n=9)‡89 (69–100) 09893
If no, did you reject the patient's request for voluntary euthanasia due to the illegality of the action?55 (48–62)61 (51–71)6552
In your experience, when a patient under your care expressed a desire for active euthanasia, but the family opposed that wish, have you ever taken active measures to terminate the patient's life? (N=74)§ 1 (0–3) 0NANA