Decisions that hasten death: double effect and the experiences of physicians in Australia

BMC Medical Ethics 15 (1):26 (2014)
Abstract
In Australian end-of-life care, practicing euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is illegal. Despite this, death hastening practices are common across medical settings. Practices can be clandestine or overt but in many instances physicians are forced to seek protection behind ambiguous medico-legal imperatives such as the Principle of Double Effect. Moreover, the way they conceptualise and experience such practices is inconsistent. To complement the available statistical data, the purpose of this study was to understand the reasoning behind how and why physicians in Australia will hasten death
Keywords Euthanasia  Assisted-suicide  Principle of double effect  Force majeure  End-of-life care  Qualitative research
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DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-15-26
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