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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample stratified for psychiatric disorder, dementia, and/or an accumulation of health problems

From: Factors associated with requesting and receiving euthanasia: a nationwide mortality follow-back study with a focus on patients with psychiatric disorders, dementia, or an accumulation of health problems related to old age

  Psychiatric disorder
Total n = 183
Dementia
Total n = 803
Accumulation of health problems
Total n = 918
All deceased patients who died non-suddenly
Total n = 5361
N %1 N %1 N %1 N %1
Patient characteristics
 Sex
  Male 91 39.1 305 35.4 321 32.3 2672 45.9
  Female 92 60.9 498 64.6 597 67.7 2689 54.1
 Age
  17–64 63 19.7 7 0.8 2 0.0 1028 12.6
  65–79 48 22.4 158 17.4 101 8.8 1936 30.6
  80+ 72 57.8 638 81.8 815 91.1 2397 56.8
 Marital status
  Married 45 21.2 257 29.8 221 21.9 2538 41.7
  Unmarried 138 78.8 546 70.2 697 78.1 2823 58.3
 Ethnicity*
  Non-Western immigrants 27 3.7 74 1.5 87 1.9 605 2.9
  Dutch, Western immigrants 133 96.3 729 98.5 829 98.1 4722 97.1
 Cause of death
  Cancer 50 15.4 108 6.1 179 9.6 3128 37.1
  Cardiovascular disorder 13 8.8 82 10.4 197 22.1 540 14.9
  Pulmonary disorder 14 11.9 43 7.0 104 13.7 285 8.5
  Neurological disorder 27 16.4 195 25.3 138 15.6 518 12.5
  Other 79 47.5 375 51.2 300 38.9 890 27.0
Care characteristics
 Attending physician
  General practitioner 92 30.7 221 24.0 514 52.5 3301 50.0
  Medical specialist 28 17.5 43 6.2 105 12.5 897 21.0
  Elderly care physician 63 51.8 539 69.8 299 35.0 1163 29.1
 Involvement of palliative care consultant/team
  No 164 91.5 761 95.4 842 92.5 4360 85.1
  Yes 19 8.5 42 4.6 76 7.5 1001 14.9
 Pain specialist
  No 178 98.5 801 99.7 905 98.9 5166 97.5
  Yes 5 1.5 2 0.3 13 1.1 195 2.5
 Psychiatrist/psychologist
  No 116 65.3 689 86.3 859 94.3 5050 93.8
  Yes 67 34.7 114 13.7 59 5.7 311 6.2
 Pastor
  No 156 82.3 676 84.4 782 84.6 4698 86.9
  Yes 27 17.7 127 15.2 136 15.4 663 13.1
  1. 1Weighted column percentage. Deceased patients could have had a combination of psychiatric disorder, dementia, and/or an accumulation of health problems
  2. *Missing n = 34 (0.6%)