The European Association for Palliative Care White Paper on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: Dodging responsibility

Chambaere, K. et al. Palliative Medicine. Published online: September 8, 2016

The White Paper of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in a previous issue is the result of a consensus-seeking process among representatives of the national palliative care organisations in Europe as well as the EAPC board members about the position statements that had been formulated in an earlier position paper in 2003.

With the aim of providing ‘a viewpoint from the palliative care perspective’ and an overarching ‘normative ethical framework’, the authors end by reaffirming that ‘euthanasia is not a part of palliative care’ despite noting strong dissent and a lack of consensus on pivotal statements.

Read the extract here

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