Requests for euthanasia: origin of suffering in ALS, heart failure, and cancer patients

Abstract

In The Netherlands, relatively more patients (20%) with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) die due to euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (EAS) compared with patients with cancer (5%) or heart failure (0.5%). We wanted to gain insight into the reasons for ALS patients requesting EAS and compare these with the reasons of cancer and heart failure… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00415-010-5474-y

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