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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 ...
Attitudes and Practices Concerning the End of Life: A Comparison Between Physicians From the United States and From the Netherlands
BACKGROUND: This study compares attitudes and practices concerning the end-of-life decisions between physicians in the United States and in the Netherlands, using the same set of questions. METHODS: A total of 152 physicians ...
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: ...
Euthanasia and Other End-of-Life Decisions in the Netherlands in 1990, 1995, and 2001
Empirical data on the rate of euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and other end-of-life decisions have greatly contributed to the debate about the role of such practices in modern health care. In the Netherlands, the ...