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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 ...
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Among Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in the Netherlands
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that causes progressive paralysis leading to respiratory failure. Patients with ALS may consider physician-assisted suicide. However, it is not known how many ...
End-of-Life Practices in the Netherlands Under the Euthanasia Act
BACKGROUND: In 2002, an act regulating the ending of life by a physician at the request of a patient with unbearable suffering came into effect in the Netherlands. In 2005, we performed a follow-up study of euthanasia, ...
Withholding Antibiotic Treatment in Pneumonia Patients With Dementia: A Quantitative Observational Study
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is a life-threatening disease in nursing home patients with dementia. Physicians and families face choices about whether to withhold antibiotics when patients are expected to die soon or when treatment ...
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 ...