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from conception to natural death


GP study into Dutch euthanasia requests

11 August 2005

A study of general practitioners in the Netherlands has examined the reasons why people ask for euthanasia in relation to the outcome of the requests.

It suggests that in 44% of cases, the request for euthanasia is carried out.

In 13% the request was agreed, but the patient died before it was carried through, and in another 13% the patient died before the decision making process was complete. Half of the 3,614 doctors surveyed received at least one request for euthanasia in the previous year.

There were more than 2,600 requests in all. In 12% of cases the doctor refused and in another 13% of cases the patient changed his or her mind.

The Dutch government says that there were 1,886 cases of euthanasia in total last year. [AP on myway, 8 August]

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