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Physician assisted suicide perceptions among patients presenting to family physicians at a teaching hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.
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PMID:  11475782     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To study the perceptions on physician assisted suicide, among patients presenting to family physicians, at a teaching hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. METHOD: The study was carried out at the Community Health Center of The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, between December 1999 and May 2000. The principal and co-investigators filled a pre-coded and pretested questionnaire consisting of important demographic characteristics and bio-medical ethics issues. A system of convenience sampling was used and a written consent was taken from respondents over the age of 16 years, who agreed to participate. The data were managed by using the Epi Info (version 6.0) program. RESULTS: Four hundred twenty respondents were interviewed against an estimated sample size of 385. Majority (88%) were males between 25 and 34 years of age, and were self employed or in private service. Overall 9% respondents were advocated of physician assisted suicide, advocates was 9%. Those who advocated the Physician assisted suicide were more likely to be female, elderly, married and educated amongst the total respondents. Those who support Physician assisted suicide were less likely to attach divine qualities to physicians and were more bold, courageous and tolerant towards broader biomedical ethics issues. CONCLUSION: We have found a substantial acceptability to the idea of Physician assisted suicide in a Muslim society and have identified characteristics of those who support it.
W Qidwai; H Qureshi; S S Ali; M Alam; S I Azam
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0030-9982     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pak Med Assoc     Publication Date:  2001 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-30     Completed Date:  2001-08-23     Revised Date:  2008-02-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501162     Medline TA:  J Pak Med Assoc     Country:  Pakistan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Family Practice
Hospitals, Teaching
Middle Aged
Suicide, Assisted*

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