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Attitudes of consultation-liaison psychiatrists toward physician-assisted death practices.
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PMID:  9314715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study was to investigate the views of consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatrists on assisted-death practices. A 33-question anonymous survey was distributed at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting in November 1995. The instrument explored perceptions of acceptability of assisted death in six hypothetical patient situations as performed by four possible agents. The response rate was 48% (184 conference attendees participated, i.e., completed and returned the surveys). With little variability, the respondents were unwilling to perform assisted death personally and also did not support assisted death as performed by nonphysicians. The respondents were somewhat more accepting of referral or other physicians' involvement in such practices. Assisted death was viewed differently than withdrawal of life support. Several variables were analyzed for their influences on the views expressed. The C-L psychiatrists in this study expressed opposition to assisted death practices. Their views varied somewhat depending on the patient vignette and the agent of death assistance. The authors conclude that C-L psychiatrists may wish to develop their present therapeutic and evaluative role in patient care to alleviate suffering, without hastening patient death.
L W Roberts; P R Muskin; T D Warner; T McCarty; B B Roberts; D C Fidler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychosomatics     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0033-3182     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychosomatics     Publication Date:    1997 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-30     Completed Date:  1997-10-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376506     Medline TA:  Psychosomatics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  459-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque 87131-5326, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Euthanasia, Passive / psychology
Middle Aged
Patient Care Team*
Physician's Role
Suicide, Assisted / psychology*
Terminal Care / psychology

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