Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (3):271-283 (2009)

Abstract
Two decades of research on euthanasia in the Netherlands have resulted into clear insights in the frequency and characteristics of euthanasia and other medical end-of-life decisions in the Netherlands. These empirical studies have contributed to the quality of the public debate, and to the regulating and public control of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. No slippery slope seems to have occurred. Physicians seem to adhere to the criteria for due care in the large majority of cases. Further, it has been shown that the majority of physicians think that the euthanasia Act has improved their legal certainty and contributes to the carefulness of life-terminating acts. In 2005, eighty percent of the euthanasia cases were reported to the review committees. Thus, the transparency envisaged by the Act still does not extend to all cases. Unreported cases almost all involve the use of opioids, and are not considered to be euthanasia by physicians. More education and debate is needed to disentangle in these situations which acts should be regarded as euthanasia and which should not. Medical end-of-life decision-making is a crucial part of end-of-life care. It should therefore be given continuous attention in health care policy and medical training. Systematic periodic research is crucial for enhancing our understanding of end-of-life care in modern medicine, in which the pursuit of a good quality of dying is nowadays widely recognized as an important goal, in addition to the traditional goals such as curing diseases and prolonging life.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s11673-009-9172-3
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,209
External links

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

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Regimes of Autonomy.Joel Anderson - 2014 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 17 (3):355-368.
Voluntary Euthanasia.Robert Young - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

View all 23 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Slippery Slopes in Flat Countries--A Response.J. J. van Delden - 1999 - Journal of Medical Ethics 25 (1):22-24.
The Medical Exception: Physicians, Euthanasia and the Dutch Criminal Law.Jos V. M. Welie - 1992 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 17 (4):419-437.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-03-09

Total views
35 ( #311,751 of 2,455,351 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,153 of 2,455,351 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes