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Assessment of requests for assisted suicide by a Swiss right-to-die society


Bosshard, G; Ulrich, E; Ziegler, S J; Bär, W (2008). Assessment of requests for assisted suicide by a Swiss right-to-die society. Death Studies, 32(7):646-657.

Abstract

Non-physician volunteers of Exit, the largest right-to-die organization in Switzerland, play an important role in assisted suicide. They conduct assessments and deliver lethal medications for a member to self-administer. This study analyses the content of 114 intake sheets (checklists) of Exit members whose requests for assisted suicide were granted in an effort to examine the frequency of depression and whether their relatives agreed with the member's decision to commit suicide (2 questions that can help increase the likelihood that the member's decision was both informed and voluntary). Exit's paperwork indicated that depression was found to exist in 27% of the cases, was more common among those under 65, and relatives explicitly disagreed with the member's decision in 5% of the cases.

Abstract

Non-physician volunteers of Exit, the largest right-to-die organization in Switzerland, play an important role in assisted suicide. They conduct assessments and deliver lethal medications for a member to self-administer. This study analyses the content of 114 intake sheets (checklists) of Exit members whose requests for assisted suicide were granted in an effort to examine the frequency of depression and whether their relatives agreed with the member's decision to commit suicide (2 questions that can help increase the likelihood that the member's decision was both informed and voluntary). Exit's paperwork indicated that depression was found to exist in 27% of the cases, was more common among those under 65, and relatives explicitly disagreed with the member's decision in 5% of the cases.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Legal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:20 Nov 2008 17:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:35
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0748-1187
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/07481180802215692
PubMed ID:18924292

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