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Table 9 Reasons for “active” end-of-life practices

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

  Avoid poor quality of life due to major disability
n (%)
Faced with unbearable suffering of the baby
n (%)
Faced with parental pressure
n (%)
Faced with pressure from colleagues
n (%)
Always 28 (63.6) 29 (64.4) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Often 9 (20.5) 12 (26.7) 2 (4.5) 2 (4.7)
Sometimes 4 (9.1) 0 (0.0) 11 (25.0) 11 (25.6)
Rarely 0 (0.0) 3 (6.7) 14 (31.8) 5 (11.6)
Never 2 (4.5) 0 (0.0) 16 (36.4) 24 (55.8)
Don’t know 1 (2.3) 1 (2.2) 1 (2.3) 1 (2.3)
Missing values 14 (24.1) 13 (22.4) 14 (24.1) 15 (25.9)