Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Mental Health Perspective
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 1994 Winter; 24(4): 326-333.
Despite their wealth of relevant clinical and research experience, mental health professionals have contributed relatively little to the active and ongoing debate about physicians assisting in the suicide of their patients. Methodologies developed for the study of completed suicide, the knowledge they have revealed, and the complex questions that remain unanswered, all must be considered. Similarly, psychiatry's extensive contributions to our understanding of the doctor-patient relationship, fundamental to the practice of psychodynamically informed treatments, have been almost completely ignored. Mental health care providers have much to contribute to, and should become actively involved in, this important public health and policy debate.
Aged; Assisted Suicide; Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Brain; Brain Pathology; Death; Depressive Disorder; Diagnosis; Family Relationship; Health; Health Care; Knowledge; Mental Health; Patients; Physicians; Primary Health Care; Professional Patient Relationship; Psychiatry; Public Health; Research; Social Interaction; Suicide; Terminally Ill; Values;
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