Euthanasia and depression: a prospective cohort study among terminally ill cancer patients.

  title={Euthanasia and depression: a prospective cohort study among terminally ill cancer patients.},
  author={Marije L. van der Lee and Johanna G. van der Bom and Nikkie B Swarte and A. Peter M. Heintz and Alexander de Graeff and Jan van den Bout},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  volume={23 27},
PURPOSE To study the association between depression and the incidence of explicit requests for euthanasia in terminally ill cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS A prospective cohort study was conducted on 138 consecutive cancer patients with an estimated life expectancy of 3 months or less, in the period between September 1999 and August 2003. At inclusion, participants completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. To identify "depressed mood" we used a cutoff score of 20. Kaplan… 

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