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End-of-life decisions

Agnes van der Heide and Judith Rietjens

in A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599400
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0029
End-of-life decisions

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This chapter gives a brief overview of the legal regulation of physician assistance in dying in the Netherlands and elsewhere. It then presents research data on the frequency of end-of-life decisions and their main characteristics in different countries. Finally, it briefly discusses the possible consequences of legalizing euthanasia for the practice of end-of-life decision-making.

Keywords: physician assistance dying; Netherlands; euthanasia; end-of-life decision making; assisted suicide

Chapter.  5106 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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