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First do no harm: intentionally shortening lives of patients without their explicit request in Belgium

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide a critical review of one of the most worrying aspects of the euthanasia policy and practice in Belgium-the deliberate shortening of lives of some patients without their explicit voluntary request. Some suggestions designed to improve the situation and prevent abuse are offered.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-08
Journal Journal of medical ethics
Print ISSN 0306-6800
Electronic ISSN 1473-4257
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 8
Pages 625-629
Institution Citation Cohen-Almagor, R. (2015). First do no harm: intentionally shortening lives of patients without their explicit request in Belgium. Journal of medical ethics, 41(8), 625-629. https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2014-102387
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2014-102387
Keywords Health Policy; Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); Issues, ethics and legal aspects; Health(social science)
Publisher URL http://jme.bmj.com/content/41/8/625
Copyright Statement ©2016 University of Hull
Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Journal of medical ethics, v.41, issue 8.

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