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Table 3 Questions where there were statistically significant differences in responses between the four pediatric intensive care units

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

Question A (n = 37) B (n = 35) C (n = 49) D (n = 84) Total (n = 205) p value
Each intensivist allows the same amount of family contribution to the decision regarding W/L or a DNR. Too much family influence is allowed with some intensivists (n = 204). < 0.001
SA/A 11 (30%) 11 (31%) 34 (69%) 42 (50%) 98 (48%)  
N 9 (24%) 5 (14%) 10 (20%) 18 (21%) 42 (21%)  
D/SD 17 (46%) 19 (54%) 5 (10%) 23 (27%) 64 (31%)  
A PICU intensivist has W/L without having a discussion with the family. This occurs often (n = 205). < 0.001
SA/A 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (20%) 10 (5%)  
N 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (14%) 22 (26%) 29 (14%)  
D/SD 36 (97%) 35 (100%) 42 (86%) 53 (63%) 166 (81%)  
The threshold to suggest W/L based on projected QOL differs among intensivists by: 0.003
< 1% 6 (16%) 7 (20%) 0 (0%) 5 (6%) 18 (9%)  
5% 10 (27%) 10 (29%) 9 (18%) 16 (19%) 45 (22%)  
10% 13 (35%) 9 (26%) 12 (24%) 22 (26%) 56 (27%)  
15% 4 (11%) 0 (0%) 13 (27%) 15 (18%) 32 (16%)  
> 20% 3 (8%) 5 (14%) 12 (24%) 13 (15%) 33 (16%)  
Blank 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 3 (6%) 13 (15%) 21 (10%)  
  1. All comparisons by Chi-square test
  2. W/L = withdrawal or limitation of life support treatment; DNR = do not resuscitate order; QOL = quality of life; SA/A = strongly agree or agree; N = neutral; D/SD = disagree or strongly disagree; N/A = not answered