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A Nationwide Study of Decisions to Forgo Life-Prolonging Treatment in Dutch Medical Practice
BACKGROUND: Decisions to withhold or withdraw life-prolonging treatment in terminally ill patients are common in some areas of medical practice. Information about the frequency and background of these decisions is generally ...
End-of-Life Decision-Making in Six European Countries: Descriptive Study
BACKGROUND: Empirical data about end-of-life decision-making practices are scarce. We aimed to investigate frequency and characteristics of end-of-life decision-making practices in six European countries: Belgium, Denmark, ...
Terminal Sedation and Euthanasia
BACKGROUND: An important issue in the debate about terminal sedation is the extent to which it differs from euthanasia. We studied clinical differences and similarities between both practices in the Netherlands. METHODS: ...
Medical End-of-Life Decisions Made for Neonates and Infants in the Netherlands, 1995-2001
End-of-life decision-making for severely affected infants might be influenced by technical advances and societal debates. In 2001, we assessed the proportion of deaths of infants younger than 1 year that were preceded by ...