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dc.creatorKitchener, Bettyen
dc.creatorJorm, Anthony F.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-05T19:04:40Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-05T19:04:40Zen
dc.date.created1999-02en
dc.date.issued1999-02en
dc.identifier10.1136/jme.25.1.25en
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationJournal of Medical Ethics. 1999 Feb; 25(1): 25-30.en
dc.identifier.issn0306-6800en
dc.identifier.urihttp://worldcatlibraries.org/registry/gateway?version=1.0&url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:journal&atitle=Conditions+Required+for+a+Law+on+Active+Voluntary+Euthanasia:+A+survey+of+Nurses'+Opinions+in+the+Australian+Capital+Territory&title=Journal+of+Medical+Ethics.++&volume=25&issue=1&pages=25-30&date=1999&au=Kitchener,+Bettyen
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jme.25.1.25en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10822/755564en
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVES: To ascertain which conditions nurses believe should be in a law allowing active voluntary euthanasia (AVE). DESIGN: Survey questionnaire posted to registered nurses (RNs). SETTING: Australian Capital Territory (ACT) at the end of 1996, when active voluntary euthanasia was legal in the Northern Territory. SURVEY SAMPLE: A random sample of 2,000 RNs, representing 54 per cent of the RN population in the ACT. MAIN MEASURES: Two methods were used to look at nurses' opinions. The first involved four vignettes which varied in terms of critical characteristics of each patient who was requesting help to die. The respondents were asked if the law should be changed to allow any of these requests. There was also a checklist of conditions, most of which have commonly been included in Australian proposed laws on AVE. The respondents chose those which they believed should apply in a law on AVE. RESULTS: The response rate was 61%. Support for a change in the law to allow AVE was 38% for a young man with AIDS, 39% for an elderly man with early stage Alzheimer's disease, 44% for a young woman who had become quadriplegic and 71% for a middle-aged woman with metastases from breast cancer. The conditions most strongly supported in any future AVE law were: "second doctor's opinion," "cooling off period," "unbearable protracted suffering," "patient fully informed about illness and treatment" and "terminally ill." There was only minority support for "not suffering from treatable depression," "administer the fatal dose themselves" and "over a certain age." CONCLUSION: Given the lack of support for some conditions included in proposed AVE laws, there needs to be further debate about the conditions required in any future AVE bills.en
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dc.subjectAdvance Directivesen
dc.subjectAge Factorsen
dc.subjectAgeden
dc.subjectAidsen
dc.subjectAssisted Suicideen
dc.subjectAttitudesen
dc.subjectBreast Canceren
dc.subjectCanceren
dc.subjectCase Studiesen
dc.subjectCompetenceen
dc.subjectCounselingen
dc.subjectConsenten
dc.subjectConsultationen
dc.subjectDementiaen
dc.subjectDiseaseen
dc.subjectDrugsen
dc.subjectEuthanasiaen
dc.subjectFamily Membersen
dc.subjectGovernmenten
dc.subjectGovernment Regulationen
dc.subjectGuidelinesen
dc.subjectIllnessen
dc.subjectLawen
dc.subjectLegal Aspectsen
dc.subjectLegislationen
dc.subjectLifeen
dc.subjectLawsen
dc.subjectMethodsen
dc.subjectNursesen
dc.subjectPainen
dc.subjectPalliative Careen
dc.subjectParalysisen
dc.subjectPhysiciansen
dc.subjectPublic Opinionen
dc.subjectPublic Policyen
dc.subjectQuality of Lifeen
dc.subjectReferral and Consultationen
dc.subjectRegulationen
dc.subjectStatisticsen
dc.subjectSufferingen
dc.subjectSuicideen
dc.subjectSurveyen
dc.subjectTerminally Illen
dc.subjectVoluntary Euthanasiaen
dc.titleConditions Required for a Law on Active Voluntary Euthanasia: A Survey of Nurses' Opinions in the Australian Capital Territoryen
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