US patients seek doctors' help in suicidesBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7035.865a (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:865
- Charles-Gene Mcdaniel
A survey of physicians in Washington state has found that about a quarter of patients who seek their doctors' help in committing suicide are given a prescription for that purpose. The survey also found that a quarter of patients requesting euthanasia received their doctor's help.
The survey, reported in JAMA (1996;275:919-25), involved a random sample of 25% of primary care physicians in the state and all physicians in selected subspecialties who were likely to treat …