Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a prospective study

@article{Maessen2014EuthanasiaAP,
  title={Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a prospective study},
  author={Maud Maessen and Jan Herman Veldink and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen and Henk T. Hendricks and Helenius Jurgen Schelhaas and Hepke F. Grupstra and Gerrit van der Wal and Leonard H. van den Berg},
  journal={Journal of Neurology},
  year={2014},
  volume={261},
  pages={1894-1901}
}
The objective of this study is to determine if quality of care, symptoms of depression, disease characteristics and quality of life of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are related to requesting euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (EAS) and dying due to EAS. Therefore, 102 ALS patients filled out structured questionnaires every 3 months until death and the results were correlated with EAS. Thirty-one percent of the patients requested EAS, 69 % of whom eventually died as a… CONTINUE READING
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