This article presents the results of a survey of the attitudes and practices of nurses in Victoria with regard to requests for active or passive help in dying from patients who were suffering from a terminal or incurable disease.
Questionnaires were sent to 1942 nurses who had been selected at random, 943 nurses (49%) of whom returned completed questionnaires.
The survey indicates that a clear majority of those who responded to the questionnaire support active voluntary euthanasia.
Many nurses have collaborated with doctors in the provision of active voluntary euthanasia and a few have acted without consulting a doctor.
Seventy-eight per cent of nurses thought the law should be changed to allow doctors to take active steps to bring about a patient's death under some circumstances; and 65% of nurses indicated that they would be willing to collaborate with doctors in the provision of active voluntary euthanasia if it were legal.
Mots-clés Pascal : Euthanasie, Pratique professionnelle, Homme, Attitude, Perception sociale, Infirmier, Personnel sanitaire, Australie, Océanie, Ethique, Enquête
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Euthanasia, Professional practice, Human, Attitude, Social perception, Nurse, Health staff, Australia, Oceania, Ethics, Inquiry
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0571582
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 199406.