US patients seek doctors' help in suicides

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:865
  1. 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 …

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