Table 2

Time trend of older peoples' attitudes as a response towards two end-of-life scenarios

Age categoryEuthanasia: ‘Could you imagine that you would ever ask your physician to end your life?’*End-of-life pill: ‘Could you imagine that you would ever like to have such a pill?’*
2001–2003 (%) N=12842005–2006 (%) N=13032008–2009 (%) N=1245OR§2001–2003 (%) N=12842005–2006 (%) N=13032008–2009 (%) N=1245OR§
All respondents ≥64 years
 Yes5459631.21 (1.13 to 1.29)3132401.22 (1.13 to −1.30)
64–74 yearsN=697N=740N=695N=697N=740N=695
 Yes5864701.30 (1.17 to 1.44)3133451.37 (1.23 to 1.52)
75–84 yearsN=434N=420N=416N=434N=420N=416
 Yes5154561.11 (0.97 to 1.26)3232351.05 (0.92 to 1.21)
85 yearsN=153N=143N=134N=153N=143N=134
 Yes4545501.07 (0.85 to 1.34)3330330.99 (0.78 to 1.26)
  • * The question as presented to the respondents.

  • In the original questionnaire, this question was asked straight after the question as presented in the online appendix: ‘Should a suicide pill (‘Drion pill’ or ‘last wish pill’) to end your own life become available for older people who are tired of living, without having a severe disease?’.

  • From 2005 on, the data of two different cohorts are combined.

  • § Logistic regression analysis using generalised estimating equations; analysed for the whole respondent group and for different age groups separately for the three time periods. The increase or decrease in likelihood of answering ‘yes’ in each time period with 2001–2003 as the reference period.