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Table 3 Reasons for either or not granting the EAS request 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

  Deceased with a psychiatric disorder (n = 183) %1 Deceased with dementia (n = 803) %1 Deceased with an accumulation of health problems (n = 918) %1 All deceased patients who died non-suddenly (n = 5361) %1
Reasons for the physician to grant the request and perform euthanasia* N = 24 N = 22 N = 80 N = 845
 No prospect of improvement 87.3 94.6 83.4 81.9
 Autonomy of the patient 85.8 72.4 81.0 80.7
 (Severe) symptoms other than pain 75.4 26.2 48.7 61.2
 Loss of dignity 32.0 73.7 54.8 59.1
  (Severe) pain 20.3 12.6 34.9 40.4
 Expected suffering of the patient 53.5 49.1 30.9 44.3
 Further treatment would be too burdensome 21.6 21.4 22.2 14.5
 Other 11.0 15.5 4.1 1.8
Reasons for the request not resulting in euthanasia* N = 14 N = 9 N = 36 N = 273
 Patient died before the request could be granted 13.0 8.1 23.5 53.1
 The criteria for due care were not met* 44.4 76.1 70.6 32.1
  No well-considered request 34.8 59.8 32.4 16.2
  No unbearable suffering 18.1 16.3 40.5 12.0
  No hopeless suffering 16.8 16.3 13.5 5.1
  No voluntary request 0 4.3 0 0.7
  Generally 8.3 10.1 5.6 4.3
 Patient withdrew the request 18.7 13.9 15.7 17.4
 Physician never willing to perform euthanasia 0 0 5.5 2.1
 Other 29.0 21.5 14.7 9.4
  1. 1Weighted column percentage
  2. *More than one answer possible