Attitudes of consultation-liaison psychiatrists toward physician-assisted death practices.
The objective of this study was to investigate the views of consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatrists on assisted-death practices.
A 33-question anonymous survey was distributed at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting in November 1995.
The instrument explored perceptions of acceptability of assisted death in six hypothetical patient situations as performed by four possible agents.
The response rate was 48% (184 conference attendees participated, i.e., completed and returned the surveys).
With little variability, the respondents were unwilling to perform assisted death personally and also did not support assisted death as performed by nonphysicians.
The respondents were somewhat more accepting of referral or other physicians'involvement in such practices.
Assisted death was viewed differently than withdrawal of life support.
Several variables were analyzed for their influences on the views expressed.
The C-L psychiatrists in this study expressed opposition to assisted death practices.
Their views varied somewhat depending on the the patient vignette and the agent of death assistance.
The authors conclude that C-L psychiatrists may wish to develop their present therapeutic and evaluative role in patient care to alleviate suffering, without hastening patient death.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin, Pratique professionnelle, Attitude, Perception sociale, Psychiatre, Psychiatrie liaison, Enquête, Personnel sanitaire, Homme, Suicide assisté
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Physician, Professional practice, Attitude, Social perception, Psychiatrist, Liaison psychiatry, Survey, Health staff, Human, Assisted suicide
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0519777
Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 13/02/1998.