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End-of-life decisions as seen by U.S. adults 1990-2013

This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. adults that believe there are certain circumstances where the patient should be allowed to die or medical staff should do everything in their power to save the life of the patient in all circumstances, in 1990, 2005 and 2013. In 2005, 70 percent of responding adults believed that there were some circumstances where the patient should be allowed to die. In the last 15 years, the percentage of people saying that medical professionals should do everything possible to save a patients life has increased.

Views of U.S. adults on end-of-life treatment in 1990, 2005 and 2013

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Source

Release date

November 2013

Region

United States

Survey time period

March 21 to April 8, 2013

Number of respondents

1,994 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Percentage of U.S. adults who say there are circumstances where a patient should be allowed to die or medical staff should do everything possible to save the life of a patient in all circumstances.
Figures may not add to 100% due to rounding. In 1990, volunteered responses of "depends" are combined with responses of "don't know".

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