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Perspectives of decision-making in requests for euthanasia: A qualitative research among patients, relatives and treating physicians in the Netherlands

Dees, Marianne K.; Vernooij-Dassen, Myrra J.; Dekkers, Wim J.; Elwyn, Glyn; Vissers, Kris C.; van Weel, Chris


Background: Euthanasia has been legally performed in the Netherlands since 2002. Respect for patient's autonomy is the underpinning ethical principal. However, patients have no right to euthanasia, and physicians have no obligation to provide it. Although over 3000 cases are conducted per year in the Netherlands, there is little known about how decision-making occurs and no guidance to support this difficult aspect of clinical practice. Aim: To explore the decision-making process in cases where...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Palliative Medicine
DOI: 10.1177/0269216312463259


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