Table 2

Doctors’ views about current legal regulations on end of life issues in their country*

Proportion (95% CI) of doctors
ItalySpainFranceGermanyNetherlandsUKSwedenHungaryEstoniaLithuania
*As the “other” item was omitted from the table, totals do not always reach 100%.
Doctors’ opinion is consistent with current legal regulations in their country:
    Yes36 (30 to 44)44 (39 to 50)35 (27 to 44)71 (61 to 79)56 (53 to 59)76 (60 to 87)94 (85 to 98)56 (47 to 64)39 (36 to 41)18 (6 to 44)
    No29 (23 to 36)27 (19 to 37)40 (29 to 52)14 (11 to 18)39 (35 to 44)8 (4 to 16)18 (11 to 28)11 (1 to 60)54 (35 to 71)
    Not sure about legal regulations34 (30 to 39)29 (22 to 36)25 (19 to 32)14 (8 to 24)5 (2 to 11)16 (8 to 29)6 (2 to 15)25 (17 to 35)39 (36 to 41)29 (21 to 37)
The law should be changed or modified:
    Yes37 (32 to 42)51 (42 to 59)34 (27 to 42)42 (35 to 50)65 (54 to 75)40 (26 to 56)19 (12 to 27)55 (43 to 67)44 (17 to 76)39 (30 to 50)
    No/don’t know41 (36 to 48)39 (31 to 46)25 (19 to 32)41 (35 to 46)26 (19 to 36)43 (33 to 53)76 (63 to 85)32 (24 to 42)50 (15 to 85)43 (38 to 48)
    These issues should not be regulated by law21 (15 to 28)9 (5 to 16)40 (34 to 47)16 (12 to 21)8 (6 to 12)16 (9 to 26)6 (2 to 13)10 (5 to 19)7 (1 to 33)