Legalised suicide may increase openness in the doctor-patient relationship

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6992.1467c (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1467
  1. Gill Green
  1. Non-clinical research scientist MRC Medical Sociology Unit, Glasgow G12 8QQ

    EDITOR,—In the editorial about Oregon's plans to legalise suicide assisted by doctor, Melinda A Lee and Susan W Tolle noted that a major advantage of legalisation is that it will increase openness about care at the end of patients' lives, enabling a doctor to improve skills in providing supportive care to dying patients.1 Data gathered on the attitudes of 57 patients in Scotland, all of whom were HIV antibody positive, suggest that the illegality of euthanasia in Britain constrains …

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