Journal article

Grief After Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska, Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, Luc Dargis, Brian L Mishara

Crisis: the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention | Hogrefe | Published : 2019


Background: Several countries have regulated euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Research has looked at the experiences of patients, family, and professionals. However, little is known of the effects on bereaved individuals. Aims: We aimed to assess (a) what is known about the grief and mental health of people bereaved by euthanasia or PAS and (b) the quality of the research. Method: Systematic review according to PRISMA guidelines with searches in Cinahl, Embase, PsycINFO, Pubmed, and Scopus. Results: The searches identified 10 articles (eight studies), and the study quality was fair. People bereaved by euthanasia/PAS generally had similar or lower scores on measures of disorde..

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Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

Dr. Karl Andriessen was supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (APP1157796). The funding body had no role in the design of the study, the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, the writing of the report, and the decision to submit it for publication.