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  1. Physician desire for euthanasia and assisted suicide : Would physicians practice what they preach ?

    Article - En anglais

    Purpose 

    Euthanasia is a pressing public issue.

    We sought to assess how frequently physicians could perceive of a desire for euthanasia themselves and whether they would be willing to provide patients the same interventions.

    Methods 

    We interviewed 355 randomly selected oncologists from the United States and interviewed them about their attitudes and practices related to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

    Results 

    Of the 355 oncologists, 48.1% could imagine a situation in which they might desire euthanasia or assisted suicide for themselves.

    Oncologists who were Catholic and more religious were significantly less likely to desire these interventions for themselves.

    Of those oncologists who could imagine a situation in which they might desire euthanasia or assisted suicide for themselves, 85.8% found euthanasia and/or assisted suicide acceptable for their patients.

    Of the oncologists who could not imagine a situation in which they might desire euthanasia or assisted suicide for themselves, 41.7% still found these interventions ethical for their patients.

    Only 6.8% of oncologists could imagine a situation in which they might desire euthanasia or assisted suicide for themselves but found these interventions unacceptable for their patients.

    Conclusion 

    Almost half of surveyed oncologists could imagine a situation in which they would desire euthanasia or assisted suicide.

    However, in many cases, this was for nonterminal illness which would be prohibited by proposed laws. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin, Cancérologie, Euthanasie, Prise décision, Attitude, Motivation, Personnel sanitaire, Suicide assisté

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Physician, Cancerology, Euthanasia, Decision making, Attitude, Motivation, Health staff, Assisted suicide

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0186152

    Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 21/05/1997.