Relatives keener on euthanasia than patientsBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6962.1107a (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1107
- 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 …