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Table 2 Characteristics of people with face-to-face contact with a counsellor working with foundation De Einder^*

From: Cross-sectional research into counselling for non-physician assisted suicide: who asks for it and what happens?

  TotalA(n = 595) Severe disease (n = 255) No (severe) disease (n = 280)  
  % % % P-valueB
Gender     0.205
  Male 39 36 41  
  Female 61 64 59  
Age X X   <0.001
  18-39 11 18 5  
  40-64 33 39 25  
  65-79 29 24 37  
  ≥80 27 20 33  
Clients’ wish to end life at first contact and urgency C Y Y Y <0.001
  Wants to end life within 3 months 16 25 9  
  Wants to end life between 3 and 12 months 24 37 17  
  Wants to end life longer than 12 months away 23 13 25  
  No wish to end life 38 26 49  
Former request for PAD Y X X <0.001
  With no former request for PAD 61 49 76  
  With a former request for PAD 39 51 24  
Outcome if requested for PAD D     0.825
  Refused 63 63 66  
  Pending 29 28 28  
  Granted 8 9 6  
  1. ^= Percentages are rounded therefore the total does not always add up to 100% exactly.
  2. *= Missing observations between 0 and 37; missing is equal to or less than 5% (X) except for Y < 10.0%.
  3. A= Including 60 clients with unknown severity of/or disease.
  4. B= Pearson Chi-square test asymptotic significance 2-sided; p-value in bold = significant at a level of p=0.001.
  5. C= This variable only for 2012. The N of the respective colums are N = 310 (for Total, including 25 clients with unknown severity of/or illness), N = 119 (for Severe disease) and N = 166 (for No (severe) disease).
  6. D = Only if a request for PAD. The N of the respective colums are N=218 (for Total, including 29 clients with unknown severity of/or illness), N = 125 (for Severe disease) and N = 64 (for No (severe) disease).