Table 6

Practitioner agreement with the doctrine of double effect Percentage agreeing or strongly agreeing with the statement: “Sometimes it is appropriate to give pain medication to relieve suffering, even if it may hasten a patient's death” 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
94% (4.67)94% (4.55)92% (4.52)92% (4.56)86% (4.35)89% (4.44)