Table 2 Problems with the Dutch criteria of due care about requests for euthanasia or assisted suicide
Problems with†General practitioner %*Medical specialist %*Nursing-home physician %*Total %*
n = 61n = 45n = 50n = 158‡
Patient’s request52757258
Patient’s suffering80658679
Information given to the patient13202415
Presence or absence of reasonable alternatives35292833
Performance of euthanasia1312412
  • *Percentages weighted for different sampling fractions and response rates.

  • †One or more answers could be given.

  • ‡For two physicians, the specialty was unknown.