The results from two surveys in England of relatives and others who knew people in samples drawn from death certificates are reported.
The main focus is on a sample of 3696 people dying in 1990 in 20 health authorities, with supporting analysis from an earlier national sample of 639 people dying in 1987.
The argument that good care and, in particular, hospice care is effective in reducing the desire for euthanasia has been proposed as an argument against the legalization of voluntary euthanasia.
The findings suggest that the picture is in fact more complex.
People who received hospice care were, if anything, more likely to have respondents who felt that it would have been better if they had died earlier.
The latter held when controlling for other variables found to influence respondents'views, such as the level of distress and dependency experienced by the dying person.
It appears possible that the same may apply to the dying peoples'own wishes, although here the time order of events could not be controlled for in the data.
It is suggested that this may be due to hospice care being geared to helping patients express their fears and exercise choice.
The wish for euthanasia may then be an assertion of personal control, rather than an act of surrender.
Mots-clés Pascal : Euthanasie, Mort, Qualité, Soin, Centre santé, Tumeur maligne, Trouble humeur, Angoisse anxiété, Bien être psychologique, Homme, Milieu familial, Royaume Uni, Europe, Système santé, Accompagnement du mourant
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Euthanasia, Death, Quality, Care, Health center, Malignant tumor, Mood disorder, Anxiety, Psychological well being, Human, Family environment, United Kingdom, Europe, Health system
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0137650
Code Inist : 002A26N05. Création : 09/06/1995.