Attitudes of terminally ill cancer patients about euthanasia and assisted suicide: predominance of psychosocial determinants and beliefs over symptom distress and subsequent survival.

@article{SuarezAlmazor2002AttitudesOT,
  title={Attitudes of terminally ill cancer patients about euthanasia and assisted suicide: predominance of psychosocial determinants and beliefs over symptom distress and subsequent survival.},
  author={Maria E Suarez-Almazor and Catherine Newman and John Hanson and Eduardo Bruera},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2002},
  volume={20 8},
  pages={2134-41}
}
PURPOSE Although euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) are controversial issues, the views of those most affected, terminal patients, are seldom explored. Our objective was to assess whether the attitudes about euthanasia/PAS of terminally ill cancer patients were determined by their symptomatic distress. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a survey of 100 patients with terminal cancer. Statements related to the legalization of euthanasia/PAS were scored using Likert scales. We also… CONTINUE READING
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