Legal Euthanasia in Belgium: Characteristics of All Reported Euthanasia Cases

@article{Smets2010LegalEI,
  title={Legal Euthanasia in Belgium: Characteristics of All Reported Euthanasia Cases},
  author={Tinne Smets and Johan Bilsen and Joachim Cohen and Mette L. Rurup and Luc Deliens},
  journal={Medical Care},
  year={2010},
  volume={48},
  pages={187-192}
}
Objectives:To study the reported medical practice of euthanasia in Belgium since implementation of the euthanasia law. [...] Key Method Research Design:Analysis of the anonymous database of all euthanasia cases reported to the Federal Control and Evaluation Committee Euthanasia. Subjects:All euthanasia cases reported by physicians for review between implementation of the euthanasia law on September 22nd, 2002 and December 31, 2007 (n = 1917).Expand
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