A role for doctors in assisted dying? An analysis of legal regulations and medical professional positions in six European countries

Bosshard, G., Broeckaert, B., Clark, D., Materstvedt, L.J., Gordijn, B. and Müller-Busc, C. (2008) A role for doctors in assisted dying? An analysis of legal regulations and medical professional positions in six European countries. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34, pp. 28-32. (doi:10.1136/jme.2006.018911)

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Abstract

An extensive debate about assisted suicide and euthanasia has been taking place in westernized countries during the last twenty years. Traditionally, the medical profession has maintained a clear distance from euthanasia and assisted suicide, but this distance can no longer be justified by simply referring to the law. This paper analyses the legal and, in particular, medical professional positions with respect to the doctor’s role in assisted dying in certain Western European countries (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and discusses their implications for doctors.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Professor David
Authors: Bosshard, G., Broeckaert, B., Clark, D., Materstvedt, L.J., Gordijn, B., and Müller-Busc, C.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Medical Ethics
Publisher:BMJ Group
ISSN:0306-6800
ISSN (Online):1473-4257
Published Online:21 January 2008
Copyright Holders:Copyright © BMJ Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Medical Ethics 34 : 28-32
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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