What influences intentions to request physician-assisted euthanasia or continuous deep sedation?

Date: 
27-11-2017

Authors: Anne-Lore Scherrens, Marc Roelands, L Van den Block, B Deforche, Luc Deliens, J Cohen

Source: 
Death studies (2017)
Links: 
PubMed

The increasing prevalence of euthanasia in Belgium has been linked to changing attitudes. Using National health survey data (N = 9651), we investigated Belgian adults' intention to ask a physician for euthanasia or continuous deep sedation in the hypothetical scenario of a terminal illness, and examined its connection to sociodemographic and health characteristics. Respectively, 38.3% and 25.8% could envisage asking for euthanasia and continuous deep sedation. Those with very bad to fair subjective health and with depression more likely had an intention to ask for euthanasia, which suggests need for attention in the evaluation of requests from specific patient groups.

 
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