Table 5

Is withdrawing treatment ethically different from never starting it? Percentage agreeing or strongly agreeing with the statement “There is no ethical difference between withholding (not starting) a life support measure and stopping it once it has been started”, with mean score (in parentheses), on scale of 1 to 5 (1=strongly disagree, 5=strongly agree)

UK nursesUS medical attendingsUS surgical attendingsUS house officersUS nursesUS overall
20% (2.39)43% (3.00)38% (2.84)44% (2.96)27% (2.49)34% (2.71)