Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Physicians and Euthanasia
A recent paper in the journal Bioethics [doi:10.1111/j.1467-8519.2012.01968.x] looks at differences between psychiatrists and physicians with regard to euthanasia. When controlled for religious practice, psychiatrists expressed more conservative views regarding euthanasia than did physicians from other medical specialties. The authors of the research conclude that the study shows that psychiatrists are well suited to take a prominent role in evaluating such requests to die and making a decision as to the relative importance of competing variables. There is no doubt that this issue is an ethical minefield and one which is sure to exercise energy on both sides of the argument. It goes to very heart of what we consider to be reasonable suffering and pain.
Posted by Anthony Montgomery at 11:04