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Acceptability of Assisted Suicide in Patients With Severe and Persistent Mental Illness : A Pilot Study on Attitudes Among Nurses in Switzerland


Gloeckler, Sophie; Trachsel, Manuel (2020). Acceptability of Assisted Suicide in Patients With Severe and Persistent Mental Illness : A Pilot Study on Attitudes Among Nurses in Switzerland. GeroPsych:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

In Switzerland, assisted suicide (AS) may be granted on the basis of a psychiatric diagnosis. This pilot study explored the moral attitudes and beliefs of nurses regarding these practices through a quantitative survey of 38 psychiatric nurses. The pilot study, which serves to inform hypothesis development and future studies, showed that participating nurses supported AS and valued the reduction of suffering in patients with severe persistent mental illness. Findings were compared with those from a previously published study presenting the same questions to psychiatrists. The key differences between nurses’ responses and psychiatrists’ may reflect differences in the burden of responsibility, while similarities might capture shared values worth considering when determining treatment efforts. More information is needed to determine whether these initial findings represent nurses’ views more broadly.

Abstract

In Switzerland, assisted suicide (AS) may be granted on the basis of a psychiatric diagnosis. This pilot study explored the moral attitudes and beliefs of nurses regarding these practices through a quantitative survey of 38 psychiatric nurses. The pilot study, which serves to inform hypothesis development and future studies, showed that participating nurses supported AS and valued the reduction of suffering in patients with severe persistent mental illness. Findings were compared with those from a previously published study presenting the same questions to psychiatrists. The key differences between nurses’ responses and psychiatrists’ may reflect differences in the burden of responsibility, while similarities might capture shared values worth considering when determining treatment efforts. More information is needed to determine whether these initial findings represent nurses’ views more broadly.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Gerontology
Health Sciences > Geriatrics and Gerontology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gerontology, Geriatrics and Gerontology
Language:English
Date:23 October 2020
Deposited On:10 Feb 2021 07:15
Last Modified:11 Feb 2021 21:00
Publisher:Hogrefe & Huber
ISSN:1662-9647
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/1662-9647/a000248

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