Show Summary Details
Page of

Euthanasia and palliative care 

Euthanasia and palliative care
Chapter:
Euthanasia and palliative care
Author(s):

Lars Johan Materstvedt

and Georg Bosshard

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0107
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 07 May 2021

This chapter focuses on the particular relationship and interconnections between euthanasia and palliative care. Selected key data on assisted dying are presented. Of central importance is the question of how requests for assisted dying should be handled within palliative care, and as part of addressing this question the chapter includes a discussion of the practice in Belgium, where euthanasia is performed within palliative care institutions. Furthermore, the chapter presents the Swiss model, which practises a much clearer separation between assisted dying and both palliative care and clinical medical practice. Statements on assisted dying made by key palliative care organizations are then presented and analysed. The chapter asks whether the palliative care community will be more accepting of euthanasia in the future, following potential new legislation. The concluding remarks consider the current reluctance of doctors to participate, and the pressures they are under to accept a role, in assisted dying.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.