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Table 2 Responses to the questions about the intensivist's role in making withdrawal/limitation of therapy decisions

From: Variability in the pediatric intensivists' threshold for withdrawal/limitation of life support as perceived by bedside nurses: a multicenter survey study

Survey statement Strongly agree/agree Neutral Disagree/strongly disagree
Each of the PICU intensivists has the same threshold for approaching a family to suggest a W/L or DNR (n = 205). 21 (10%) 32 (16%) 119 (74%)
The threshold is too high with some intensivists (i.e., the discussion occurs too late) (n = 205). 149 (73%) 29 (14%) 26 (13%)
The threshold is too low with some intensivists (i.e., the discussion occurs too early) (n = 204). 33 (16%) 40 (20%) 131 (64%)
Each intensivist allows the same amount of family contribution to the decision regarding W/L or DNR (n = 203). 79 (39%) 56 (28%) 68 (33%)
Too much family influence is allowed with some intensivists (n = 204). 98 (48%) 42 (21%) 64 (31%)
Too little family influence is allowed with some intensivists (n = 204). 34 (17%) 61 (30%) 109 (53%)
A PICU intensivist has W/L without having a discussion with the family (n = 202). 10 (5%) 18 (9%) 174 (86%)
This occurs often (n = 205). 10 (5%) 29 (14%) 166 (81%)
Each intensivist has the same threshold for W/L without having a discussion with the family (n = 201). 22 (11%) 47 (23%) 132 (66%)
  1. W/L = withdrawal or limitation of life support treatment; DNR = do not resuscitation order; PICU = pediatric intensive care unit