Table 5

Agreement or disagreement of the 560 interviewed paediatricians on statements about ethical dilemmas on the beginning of life

AgreeDo not knowDisagree
‘I believe that we should try all possible interventions regardless of the prognosis because life is sacred’164 (29%)42 (8%)352 (63%)
‘Even if severe physical sequelae are very likely, it is better to live than to die’151 (27%)104 (19%)303 (54%)
‘Even if severe mental sequelae are very likely, it is better to live than to die’109 (20%)107 (19%)342 (61%)
‘There is no difference between killing and letting die’36 (7%)28 (5%)494 (88%)
‘It is appropriate to remove the nutritional and water supply of a baby for whom it was decided to withdraw vital support’42 (7%)36 (7%)480 (86%)
‘Sometimes, comfort care is the best option’531 (95%)13 (2%)14 (3%)