An interview study with Swiss palliative care physicians | BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Objectives: Assisted suicide in Switzerland is mainly performed by right-to-die societies. Medical involvement is limited to the prescription of the drug and certification of eligibility. Palliative care has traditionally been perceived as generally opposed to assisted suicide, but little is known about palliative care physicians’ involvement in assisted suicide practices. This paper aims to describe their perspectives and involvement in assisted suicide practices.
Conclusions: The Swiss model of assisted suicide gives palliative care physicians opportunities to develop roles which are compatible with each practitioner’s values, but may not correspond to patients’ expectations. Specific education for all palliative care professionals and more structured ways to manage communication about assisted suicide are warranted.
Full reference: Gamondi, C. et al. (2017) Responses to assisted suicide requests: an interview study with Swiss palliative care physicians. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. Published Online: 11 August 2017.