The ethical guidelines of the Norwegian Medical Association strongly condemn physician participation in euthanasia and assisted suicide.
A previous study on attitudes towards euthanasia in the Norwegian population, however, indicates that a substantial part of the population is quite liberal.
This study explores Norwegian physicians'attitudes towards and experience with end of life dilemmas.
Sixty-six percent of a representative sample of 1476 who received postal questionnaires responded.
They confirmed that Norwegian physicians actually seem to hold quite restrictive attitudes towards euthanasia.
Seventeen percent answered yes to a question of whether a physician should have the opportunity to actively end the life of a terminal patient in great pain who requests this help, while 4% agreed that the same could be done to a chronically ill patient with great pain and a poor quality of life who otherwise would have several more years to live.
Six percent of the physicians had performed actions intended to hasten a patient's death, while 76% said that they at least once had treated patients even if they had felt that treatment should have been discontinued. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Euthanasie, Prise décision, Attitude, Médecin, Personnel sanitaire, Autonomie, Malade, Homme, Ethique, Norvège, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Euthanasia, Decision making, Attitude, Physician, Health staff, Autonomy, Patient, Human, Ethics, Norway, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0431873
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 19/12/1997.