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  1. The ethics of euthanasia-attitudes and practice among norwegian physicians.

    Article - En anglais

    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

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0431873

    Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 19/12/1997.