Deaths by medical end-of-life decision; age, cause of death

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Data owner Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Rijk)
Updated 03/14/2024 - 00:00
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  • Health and care
  • Dutch citizenship
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Dit is een dataset die landelijk dekkend is. De data heeft betrekking op heel Nederland.


The survey of medical end-of-life decisions presents information on medical end-of-life decisions by attending physicians. For this survey, a random sample is taken from death certificates at Statistics Netherlands on persons listed in the Dutch population register who died in the months August to November inclusive of the survey year. The sample is raised to an annual figure.

This table concerns deaths by medical end-of-life decisions, cause of death and age.

Data available from: 2010, 2015 and 2021

Status of the figures: All data are definite.

Changes as of 26 May 2023:

  • Figures for 2021 have been added.
  • In 2021, there were 96 deceased persons with unknown 'medical end-of-life'. These were only added to the total. The underlying numbers therefore do not add up to the total.

When will new figures be published? The survey takes place every five years. In 2020, the survey was postponed by one year due to the high workload in the healthcare sector on account of COVID-19. As a result, there is a one-off six-year interval between 2015 and 2021.

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