Journal article

End-of-life decisions in medical practice: a survey of doctors in Victoria (Australia)

DA Neil, CAJ Coady, J Thompson, H Kuhse

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS | B M J PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To discover the current state of opinion and practice among doctors in Victoria, Australia, regarding end-of-life decisions and the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia. Longitudinal comparison with similar 1987 and 1993 studies. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: Cross-sectional postal survey of doctors in Victoria. RESULTS: 53% of doctors in Victoria support the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia. Of doctors who have experienced requests from patients to hasten death, 35% have administered drugs with the intention of hastening death. There is substantial disagreement among doctors concerning the definition of euthanasia. CONCLUSIONS: Disagreement among doctors concerning the meaning of..

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