Table 2

Characteristics of euthanasia requests of patients who receive palliative sedation in Dutch general practice, 2005–2011

YearMean Total
2005200620072008200920102011
Euthanasia request, % (n = 38)23.131.310.011.122.620.025.020.8
Reasons given (N = 23)n
Short life expectancy, rapid progression6
Incomplete euthanasia request4
Impaired cognition or speech3
Patient’s wish3
Organisational or procedure problems3
Family’s wish2
Other2