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Table 6 Criteria influencing the decision to withdraw curative treatment

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

  The baby’s expected subsequent quality of life
n (%)
The family’s expected subsequent quality of life
n (%)
The short or medium term prognosis of survival
n (%)
The subsequent prognosis concerning morbidity
n (%)
The parents’ subjective experience at the time of birth
n (%)
Always 42 (75.0) 8 (14.5) 35 (62.5) 37 (66.1) 5 (9.3)
Almost always 11 (19.6) 15 (27.3) 11 (19.6) 10 (17.9) 3 (5.6)
Often 2 (3.6) 17 (30.9) 8 (14.3) 5 (8.9) 10 (18.5)
Sometimes 1 (1.8) 12 (21.8) 2 (3.6) 4 (7.1) 16 (29.6)
Rarely 0 (0.0) 1 (1.8) 0 (0) 0 (0.0) 9 (16.7)
Never 0 (0.0) 2 (3.6) 0 (0) 0 (0.0) 11 (20.4)
Missing values 2 (3.4) 3 (5.2) 2 (3.4) 2 (3.4) 4 (6.9)