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Health Professionals' Resistance to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: A Personal View.

de Vocht, H. and Nyatanga, Brian (2007) Health Professionals' Resistance to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: A Personal View. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 13 (7). pp. 351-355. ISSN 1357-6321

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This commentary evaluates the motives of health professionals' opposition to the legislation of assisted dying. We argue that there are no rational or justifiable grounds for such opposition in the case of patients who are suffering unbearably and whose request to be helped to die is competent, enduring and voluntary. We then engage in plausible speculation about what other, more hidden motives of health professionals might lead to them reject the legislation of assisted dying. We assert that, while these hidden motives are understandable from a psychological perspective, they also suffocate the self-determination of palliative patients. Therefore, the challenge is for health professionals to reconsider extending their own limits in order to fully support their patients' needs. Finally we discuss the consequences of NOT legalising assisted dying, and conclude that this position might be more detrimental than legalising it.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: assisted suicide, health care personnel, health personnel attitude, passive euthanasia, psychological aspects, euthanasia, ethical issues, palliative care
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Brian Nyatanga
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 11:31
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:23

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