How to Deal with Euthanasia Requests: A Palliative Filter Procedure

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 18 (4):420 (2009)
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On September 23, 2002, the Belgian law on euthanasia came into force. This makes Belgium the second country in the world to have an act on euthanasia. Even though there is currently a legal regulation of euthanasia in Belgium, very little is known about how this legal regulation could be translated into care for patients who request euthanasia. Although euthanasia-related mortality rates in Belgium are low, ranging from 0.30% to 1.20%, it can be expected that caregivers will increasingly be confronted with euthanasia requests and will, therefore, be more involved in the care for these patients



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