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Table 7 Written protocols or standardised procedures to ensure the baby’s comfort in the context of palliative care? Breakdown of responses according to the neonatologist’s years of experience in neonatology

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

   Neonatologist’s years of experience in neonatology
  Total 5 years or less 6–14 years 15 years or more
Response to the question n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
No protocol 26 (47.3) 9 (75.0) 9 (39.1) 8 (40.0)
Drug-related protocol 11 (20.0) 1 (8.3) 8 (34.8) 2 (10.0)
Other protocol 6 (10.9) 0 (0.0) 3 (13.0) 3 (15.0)
Drug-related and other protocol 9 (16.4) 0 (0.0) 2 (8.7) 7 (35.0)
Don’t know 3 (5.5) 2 (16.7) 1 (4.3) 0 (0.0)
Missing values 3 (5.2) 0 (0.0) 2 (8.0) 1 (4.8)
  1. Fisher-Freeman-Halton exact test: p-value = 0.014