UK doctors’ attitude to assisted dying differs strongly from the public’sBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1338 (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1338
- Roger Dobson
Most doctors in the United Kingdom are opposed to the legalisation of euthanasia or physician assisted suicide, a new survey shows, while half the general population favours it.
The survey found that only 9% of medical practitioners were certain that doctors should be allowed to end the life of someone with an incurable and a painful illness, whereas half of the general public was in favour (Palliative Medicine 2009;23:205-12, doi:10.1177/0269216308102041).
It also found that specialists in palliative medicine were the group of doctors most opposed to the idea, followed by those working in care of the elderly.
“This study shows that …