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Letters Depression and assisted dying

Psychiatric review is mandatory in Australia

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 11 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2478
  1. Christopher J Ryan, consultant liaison psychiatrist1,
  2. Tarra Shaw, consultant liaison psychiatrist1
  1. 1Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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    Ganzini and colleagues’ finding that 3 of the 18 Oregonians who received a prescription for a lethal drug met caseness criteria for depression raises concerns about the state’s Death with Dignity Act, which demands a psychiatric review only …

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