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The Patient's Wish to DieResearch, Ethics, and Palliative Care$
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Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Heike Gudat, and Kathrin Ohnsorge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713982.001.0001

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Euthanasia (requests) after the implementation of the euthanasia law in Belgium in 2002. Results of empirical studies in Flanders, Belgium

Euthanasia (requests) after the implementation of the euthanasia law in Belgium in 2002. Results of empirical studies in Flanders, Belgium

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(p.47) Chapter 5 Euthanasia (requests) after the implementation of the euthanasia law in Belgium in 2002. Results of empirical studies in Flanders, Belgium
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Luc Deliens

Tinne Smets

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713982.003.0005

Following several years of intense debate, euthanasia was legalized in Belgium in 2002. In light of this, studies were carried out by the Monitoring the Quality of End-of-Life Care in Flanders Consortium, to map and evaluate the implementation of the euthanasia law. The incidence of euthanasia in Flanders rose from 1.1% in 1998 to 1.9% in 2007. Compared with 1998, in 2007 a request for euthanasia was more frequently discussed with the patient’s family, other physicians, nursing staff, and carers specialized in palliative care. Many physicians remain uncertain about which substances to use in performing euthanasia and the involvement of nursing staff is problematic. In 2007, 53% of all euthanasia cases were reported to the Federal Review Commission. In addition to having a euthanasia law, further measures are needed such as intensive training for physicians caring for patients at the end of life, and the development of guidelines for performing euthanasia.

Keywords:   euthanasia, end-of-life care, guidelines, training

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