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The understanding of dysthanasia and transhumanism from the nursing profession perspective

Gložinić, Terezija; Singbo, Odilon Gbènoukpo; ?artolovni, Anto


Terezija Gložinić

Odilon Gbènoukpo Singbo


© 2020 Institute of Philosophy and Theology of Society of Jesus. All rights reserved. This paper presents the research results from a quantitative research study about the attitudes of undergraduate nursing students at the Catholic University of Croatia. The primary aim of this study was to investigate attitudes regarding the practice of life prolongation, therapeutic persistence, i.e. dysthanasia, and how transhumanist ideas impact students' lives and their (future) nursing profession. Furthermore, the research study aimed to inquire about general attitudes on death and life prolongation. One hundred sixty-four undergraduate students participated in this study, including both full-time and part-time students. The respondents were surveyed by means of a questionnaire specially designed to inquire into both of these topics. After analysis, the results showed significant differences in attitudes and in the understanding of the terms dysthanasia and transhumanism among the respondents with and without work experience, and among full-time and part-time students. Nevertheless, results demonstrated that having work experience does not impact one's understanding of dysthanasia, and a greater knowledge of the transhumanist ideal does not decrease acceptance of transhumanist ideas. Probably the most interesting of our results points to the fact that work experience significantly contributes to the creation of a precautionary attitude towards new medical technologies.


Gložinić, T., Singbo, O. G., & Čartolovni, A. (2020). The understanding of dysthanasia and transhumanism from the nursing profession perspective. Obnovljeni Zivot, 75(4), 457-473.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 9, 2020
Publication Date Jan 1, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Obnovljeni Zivot
Print ISSN 0351-3947
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 75
Issue 4
Pages 457-473
Keywords Dysthanasia; Transhumanism; Euthanasia; Vulnerability; Nursing profession; Life prolongation; Technology
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