Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: a view from an EAPC Ethics Task Force

  title={Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: a view from an EAPC Ethics Task Force},
  author={Lars Johan Materstvedt and David Clark and John Ellershaw and Reidun F{\o}rde and A M Gravgaard and H. C. M{\"u}ller-busch and Josep Porta i Sales and C. -H. Rapin},
  journal={Palliative Medicine},
  pages={101 - 97}
In 1991, a debate at the European Parliament on euthanasia stimulated discussion at all levels in Europe. Subsequently, the Board of Directors of the EAPC organised a working session together with two experts to help them clarify the position the organisation should adopt towards euthanasia. The experts collaborated with the Board of Directors on a document and in 1994 the EAPC produced a first statement, Regarding euthanasia, published in the official journal of the EAPC – the European Journal… 
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The White Paper ignores the extensive experience and substantial body of relevant empirical evidence in jurisdictions that have legalised euthanasia and/or physician-assisted suicide and repeats a navel-gazing framework that has no value to the palliative care community, be it in countries with or without a legal framework for assisted dying.
Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: A white paper from the European Association for Palliative Care
Main topics of the white paper are concepts and definitions of palliative care, its values and philosophy, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, key issues on the patient and the organizational level.
Doctor-cared dying instead of physician-assisted suicide: a perspective from Germany
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    Medicine, health care, and philosophy
  • 2010
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Misconstrual of EAPC's position paper on euthanasia
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Given that physician-assisted dying is ethical, should it be part of a doctor’s role?
There is no strong argument, in principle, which precludes assistance in dying from being part of a doctor’s role, and some of the concerns that have been raised regarding such a change or extension of role are outlined.
The euthanasia debate and a new position paper from a Task Force of the EAPC: a helpful reappraisal or a retreat into obfuscation?
A position paper defining euthanasia as the `compassionmotivated, deliberate, rapid and painless termination of the life of someone afflicted with an incurable and progressive disease’ and the roles of humanity, autonomy, proportionality and futility in making decisions which will allow a patient to die.
Attitudes on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide and terminal sedation -- A survey of the members of the German Association for Palliative Medicine
Palliative care needs to be stronger established and promoted within the German health care system in order to improve the quality of end-of-life situations which subsequently is expected to lead to decreasing requests for EUT by terminally ill patients.
Physician-Assisted Dying: Acceptance by Physicians Only for Patients Close to Death
German physicians’ views on legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are compared with a similar survey of UK doctors, finding that a great majority of physicians oppose medical involvement in hastening death in non-terminal illnesses.
The ethics of palliative care and euthanasia: exploring common values
The values held in common by the euthanasia legalization movement and palliative care providers are reviewed to define, with greater clarity, the issues on which differences do exist, and ways in which some open questions could be approached.


Euthanasia and Euthanizing Drugs in The Netherlands
There are some remaining dilemmas concerning legality, choices between euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, unrequested ending of life, and practical medical issues of communication with patients.
Asking to Die: Inside the Dutch Debate about Euthanasia
The Dutch Definition of Euthanasia and the Public Policy Debate: Perspectives from Government, Law, Medicine, and Academia show a clear trend towards a Dutch Compromise on euthanasia.
The New Dutch Law on Legalizing Physician-Assisted Death
The meaning of the bill introduced in August 1999 legalizing physician-assisted death is explored and some of its problematic and paradoxical items are described.
Comparing two euthanasia protocols: the Free University of Amsterdam Academic Hospital and the Medical Center of Alkmaar.
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    Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees
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Euthanasia and Law in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is the only country in the world in which euthanasia, under narrow-defined circumstances, is legally permissible. Considerable attention has been paid over a number of years to the
Refused and granted requests for euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Netherlands: interview study with structured questionnaire
Knowledge of specific characteristics of refused and granted requests for euthanasia or physician assisted suicide may give insight into physicians' decision making and into the role of criteria for prudent practice.
The ethics of palliative care. European perspectives
The series editor's preface explains the work of the Pallium Project and discusses ethics and palliative care practices in seven European countries.
Common threads? Palliative care service developments in seven European countries
It is concluded that, despite different processes of development, the emergent discipline of palliative care now finds its most congenial home within the structures of the formal health care system, posing continuing challenges to policy makers and planners who operate with a European perspective.
A Treatise of Human Nature
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