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Table 5 Role of parents and neonatologists in decision to continue or withdraw curative treatment in postnatal period

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

  Involved in deliberative process of decision-making In charge of making the final decision (outcome)
GA ≤ 26 week GA ≥ 26 week
Parents
n (%)
Neonatologist
n (%)
Parents
n (%)
Neonatologist
n (%)
Parents
n (%)
Neonatologist
n (%)
Always 40 (72.7) 56 (100.0) 7 (13.5) 51 (91.1) 10 (19.6) 51 (92.7)
Often 10 (18.2) 0 (0.0) 13 (25.0) 5 (8.9) 9 (17.6) 4 (7.3)
Sometimes 4 (7.3) 0 (0.0) 12 (23.1) 0 (0.0) 10 (19.6) 0 (0.0)
Never 1 (1.8) 0 (0.0) 20 (38.5) 0 (0.0) 21 (41.2) 0 (0.0)
Don’t know 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.0) 0 (0.0)
Missing values 3 (5.2) 2 (3.4) 6 (10.3) 2 (3.4) 7 (12.1) 3 (5.2)