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Table 11 Perceived need for a law to authorise “active” end-of-life practices. Breakdown of responses according to the neonatologists’ age and professional experience

From: End-of-life decisions and practices for very preterm infants in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation of Belgium

  Age* Number of years in neonatology**
  < 35 yrs 35–55 yrs > 55 yrs < 5 yrs. 5–14 yrs ≥ 15 yrs
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Yes 4 (80.0) 19 (55.9) 1 (8.3) 7 (77.8) 14 (58.3) 3 (16.7)
No 1 (20.0) 7 (20.6) 5 (41.7) 1 (11.1) 6 (25) 6 (33.3)
Uncertain 0 (0.0) 8 (23.5) 6 (50.0) 1 (11.1) 4 (16.7) 9 (50)
Missing values 2 (28.6) 3 (8.1) 2 (14.3) 3 (25) 1 (4) 3 (14.3)
  1. * Fisher-Freeman-Halton exact test: p-value = 0.012
  2. ** Fisher-Freeman-Halton exact test: p-value = 0.013