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Euthanasie bij psychiatrische aandoeningen: een onderzoek naar de ervaringen en opvattingen van psychiaters verbonden aan een universitair psychiatrisch centrum

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Background Little is known about the attitude of Belgian psychiatrists and psychiatrists in training towards euthanasia for psychiatric reasons.Aim To analyse opinions about and experiences with euthanasia in physicians from a university psychiatric hospital.Method A mail with a questionnaire was sent to the 111 psychiatrists and psychiatrists in training from UniversityPsychiatric Centre KU Leuven to assess their profile, opinions towards euthanasia in different cases and own experiences with requests for euthanasia in the last five years.Results The response rate was 45%. The majority of psychiatrists were accepting towards euthanasia, also in the case ofpsychiatric disorders (64%) or a combination of non-terminal somatic and psychosocial illness (60%). Religious psychiatrists were less accepting towards euthanasia than non-religious colleagues. Older psychiatrists (more than 20years of working experience) were more open towards euthanasia than their younger colleagues, but less so thanpsychiatrists in training. Encounters with euthanasia were limited.Conclusion The common attitude towards euthanasia in doctors from a tertiary psychiatric centre is accepting. More research ina broader population is recommended.
Tijdschrift: Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
ISSN: 1875-7456
Issue: 5
Volume: 63
Pagina's: 336 - 343
Aantal pagina's: 8
Jaar van publicatie:2021