David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medical Ethics 31 (12):693-697 (2005)
Objective: Little empirical evidence exists to support either side of the ongoing debate over whether legalising physician aid in dying would undermine patient trust.Design: A random national sample of 1117 US adults were asked about their level of agreement with a statement that they would trust their doctor less if “euthanasia were legal [and] doctors were allowed to help patients die”.Results: There was disagreement by 58% of the participants, and agreement by only 20% that legalising euthanasia would cause them to trust their personal physician less. The remainder were neutral. These attitudes were the same in men and women, but older people and black people had more agreement that euthanasia would lower trust. However, overall, only 27% of elderly people and 32% of black people thought that physician aid in dying would lower trust. These views differed with physical and mental health, and also with education and income, with those having more of these attributes tending to view physician aid in dying somewhat more favourably. Again, however, overall views in most of these subgroups were positive. Views about the effect of physician aid in dying on trust were significantly correlated with participants’ underlying trust in their physicians and their satisfaction with care. In a multivariate regression model, trust, satisfaction, age, and white/black race remained independently significant.Conclusion: Despite the widespread concern that legalising physician aid in dying would seriously threaten or undermine trust in physicians, the weight of the evidence in the USA is to the contrary, although views vary significantly
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Kasper Raus, Sigrid Sterckx & Freddy Mortier (2011). Is Continuous Sedation at the End of Life an Ethically Preferable Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide? American Journal of Bioethics 11 (6):32 - 40.
Angela K. Martin, Alex Mauron & Samia A. Hurst (2011). Assisted Suicide is Compatible with Medical Ethos. American Journal of Bioethics 11 (6):55 - 57.
Roger S. Magnusson (2009). The Traditional Account of Ethics and Law at the End of Life—and its Discontents. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (3):307-324.
Similar books and articles
David Gary Smith & Lisa H. Newton (1984). Physician and Patient: Respect for Mutuality. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 5 (1).
Christina M. van Der Feltz-Cornelis (2002). The Impact of Factitious Disorder on the Physician-Patient Relationship. An Epistemological Model. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 5 (3):253-261.
M. T. Harvey (2002). What Does a `Right' to Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) Legally Entail? Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23 (4-5):271-286.
Allen Buchanan (2000). Trust in Managed Care Organizations. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 10 (3):189-212.
Richard T. Hull (1985). Informed Consent: Patient's Right or Patient's Duty? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 10 (2):183-198.
Richard Momeyer (1995). Does Physician Assisted Suicide Violate the Integrity of Medicine? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (1):13-24.
Keith Bauer (2004). Cybermedicine and the Moral Integrity of the Physician–Patient Relationship. Ethics and Information Technology 6 (2):83-91.
Paul B. Miller & Charles Weijer (2006). Trust Based Obligations of the State and Physician-Researchers to Patient-Subjects. Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (9):542-547.
Steve Heilig & Stephen Jamison (1996). Physician Aid-in-Dying: Toward A “Harm Reduction” Approach. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 5 (01):113-.
Andrea F. Patenaude, Joel M. Rappeport & Brian R. Smith (1986). The Physician's Influence on Informed Consent for Bone Marrow Transplantation. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 7 (2).
P. Burcher (2012). The Noncompliant Patient: A Kantian and Levinasian Response. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 37 (1):74-89.
Patricia Illingworth (2002). Trust: The Scarcest of Medical Resources. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 27 (1):31 – 46.
Faye Girsh, Norman L. Cantor & George Conner Thomas (1997). Letters: Criminal Law, Pain Relief, and Physician Aid in Dying. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 7 (1):103-104.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2010-08-24
Total downloads1 ( #484,330 of 1,413,434 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?