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Relatives keener on euthanasia than patients

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1107
  1. L Dillner

    People in Britain are more likely to request euthanasia to avoid being a burden to their relatives than because they are in pain, according to a new study. Clive Seale, a lecturer in the sociology of medicine at Goldsmith's College, London, and Julia Addington-Hall, an epidemiologist from University College London, asked 2192 people who had recently been bereaved about their experiences. They were asked whether the dying person had expressed a wish to die earlier and whether he or she had requested euthanasia.

    Relatives were asked whether the person would have benefited from an earlier death. Over …

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