'This is uncharted water for all of us.

@article{McDougall2019ThisIU,
  title={'This is uncharted water for all of us.},
  author={Rosalind J McDougall and Barbara J Hayes and Marcus Sellars and Bridget Pratt and Anastasia F. Hutchinson and Mark Tacey and Karen M Detering and Cade Shadbolt and Danielle Ko},
  journal={Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association},
  year={2019}
}
  • R. McDougall, B. Hayes, +6 authors Danielle Ko
  • Published 22 November 2019
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association
ObjectiveThe aim of this study was to identify the challenges anticipated by clinical staff in two Melbourne health services in relation to the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, Australia.MethodsA qualitative approach was used to investigate perceived challenges for clinicians. Data were collected after the law had passed but before the start date for voluntary assisted dying in Victoria. This work is part of a larger mixed-methods anonymous online survey about Victorian… Expand
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