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Table 4 Characteristics of counselling in cooperation 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
Year of first contact     0.512
  Year of data collection 78 81 77  
  One year before year of data collection 13 12 13  
  Two to eight years before year of data collection 9 7 10  
Number of face-to-face consults     0.055
  1 73 70 76  
  2 15 15 15  
  3 or more (3 to 21) 12 15 9  
Number of total contacts C     0.109
  1 7 5 8  
  2-3 39 37 43  
  4-6 30 30 30  
  7 or more (7 to 37) 24 28 20  
Involvement of other(s) in counselling and/or openness about counselling towards other(s) D     0.001
  Involvement and openness 25 34 20  
  Involvement but no openness 13 16 8  
  Involvement, openness unknown 11 11 10  
  No involvement but openness 15 17 14  
  No involvement nor openness 28 18 38  
  No involvement, openness unknown 10 4 10  
Involvement of which other(s) E X    
  Partner 41 40 44 0.625
  Children 35 39 30 0.288
  Friend 17 17 16 0.901
  Parents 7 10 2 0.067
  Brother/Sister 9 7 10 0.585
  Other family (cousin, grandchild) 5 6 5 1.000
  Medical Professional 1 1 0 1.000
  Non Medical Professional 1 0 2 0.467
Counselling of explicit practical preparation (of gathering means and/or effectuation of suicide) X X X <0.001
  Explicit practical preparation mentioned by counsellor 55 45 62  
  No explicit practical preparation mentioned by counsellor 45 55 38  
  1. ^= Percentages are rounded therefore the total does not always add up to 100% exactly.
  2. *= Missing observations between 0 and 11; missing is equal to or less than 5.0% (X).
  3. A= Including 60 clients with unknown severity of/or disease.
  4. B= Pearson Chi-square test asymptotic significance 2-sided, unless in cursive Fisher’s Exact Test 2-sided; p-value in bold means significant at a level of p=0.001.
  5. C= Consisting of face-to-face contacts, contacts in writing or by email, and/or contacts by phone.
  6. D= This variable only for 2012. The N of the respective columns are N = 310 (for Total, including 25 clients with unknown severity of/or disease), N = 119 (for Severe disease) and N = 166 (for No (severe) disease).
  7. E= This variable only for 2012 and if others involved; adds up to more than 100% because more than one answer possible. The N of the respective columns are N= 148 (for Total, including 13 clients with unknown severity of/or disease), N = 72 (for Severe disease) and N = 63 (for No (severe) disease).