Table 2

Personal characteristics of selected counselees

CounseleePrimary goal*GenderAgeRequest for PADRelationship statusChildren presentHealth problems
1PAD unableF<65No requestNo partnerNoPsychiatric
2PAD unableF<65Denied†Partner‡NoPhysical
3PAD unableM<65DeniedNo partnerNoPhysical and psychiatric
4PAD unableF<65No requestWidowedYesPhysical
5PAD unableM65–70DeniedNo partnerNoPsychiatric
BackupF65–70No requestPartnerYesHealthy/old age (physical)
BackupM70–80No requestPartnerYesHealthy/old age (physical)
8BackupM70–80No requestPartnerYesPsychiatric/old age (physical)
BackupM70–80No requestPartnerYesHealthy/old age (physical)
10§BackupF70–80No requestPartnerYesHealthy/old age (physical)
11BackupF80–90No requestWidowedYesHealthy
12§BackupM80–90No requestPartnerYesOld age (physical)
13§BackupF80–90No requestPartnerYesOld age (physical)
14AutonomyM70–80No requestNo partnerNoOld age (physical)
15AutonomyM70–80No requestWidowedYesOld age (physical)
16AutonomyM70–80No requestNo partnerNoOld age (physical)
17AutonomyF90–99No requestPartnerYesOld age (physical)
  • *‘PAD unable’ refers to counselees who sought counselling as a result of current suffering and (thought they) were unable to obtain Physician Assistance in Dying (PAD). ‘Backup’ refers to counselees seeking demedicalised assistance in suicide (DAS) so self-euthanasia could form a backup in case they were unable to obtain PAD in a future situation. ‘Autonomy’ refers to counselees seeking DAS so self-euthanasia could be possible in a future situation, and preferring this over PAD (see Hagens et al11 for more detailed information).

  • †Eventually granted by another physician.

  • ‡Partner present at interview to support with gaps in memory.

  • §Couple together.