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Women and people living alone are more likely to choose assisted suicide, Swiss study finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1657 (Published 19 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1657
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

People who opt for assisted suicide are most likely to live alone, have no religious affiliation, and be female, a study in Switzerland has shown.

The study, published last week in the International Journal of Epidemiology, said that other characteristics linked to a higher likelihood of choosing assisted dying included a higher level of education and living in wealthier and urban areas.1

The researchers looked at the mortality records of 1301 cases of suicide during 2003-08 that were assisted by right-to-die organisations in Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal. They compared them with national census records to examine the characteristics of people who had opted for assisted suicide.

They found that …

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