ERIC Number: EJ719787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 14
A "Suicide Pill" for Older People: Attitudes of Physicians, the General Population, and Relatives of Patients Who Died after Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands
Rurup, Mette L.; Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Bregje D.; van der Wal, Gerrit; van der Heide, Agnes; van Der Maas, Paul J.
Death Studies, v29 n6 p519-534 Jul-Aug 2005
In the Netherlands there has been ongoing debate in the past 10 years about the availability of a hypothetical "suicide pill", with which older people could end their life in a dignified way if they so wished. Data on attitudes to the suicide pill were collected in the Netherlands from 410 physicians, 1,379 members of the general population, and 87 relatives of patients who died after euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. The general population and relatives were more in favor than physicians. Fifteen percent of the general population and 36% of the relatives thought a suicide pill should be made available.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Patients, Physicians, Suicide, Older Adults, Attitude Measures, Family Attitudes, Death, Self Determination
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands