ERIC Number: EJ722021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 32
Physician Assisted Suicide: Knowledge and Views of Fifth-Year Medical Students in Germany
Schildmann, Jan; Herrmann, Eva; Burchardi, Nicole; Schwantes, Ulrich; Vollmann, Jochen
Death Studies, v30 n1 p29-39 Jan-Feb 2006
Suicide and assisted suicide are not criminal acts in Germany. However, attempting suicide may create a legal duty for physicians to try to save a patient's life. This study presents data on medical students' legal knowledge and ethical views regarding physician assisted suicide (PAS). The majority of 85 respondents held PAS to be illegal. More than a third of the students viewed PAS in certain situations to be ethically acceptable whereas a smaller proportion thought that it should be legal. Compared with German physicians the medical students taking part in this study were less opposed to PAS. The majority perceived the undergraduate training concerning ethical aspect of assisted death as deficient.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physicians, Suicide, Medical Students, Ethics, Medical Education, Legal Responsibility, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany