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Doctors and patients express concern over prospect of physician assisted death

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 14 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i249
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Doctors and members of the UK public are concerned at the prospect of legalisation of physician assisted dying, research commissioned by the BMA has found.1

The qualitative study, which was based on in-depth discussion with 237 doctors and 269 members of the public, found that many members of the public were uninformed about the issue. However, after being given background information on the topic, doctors and patients expressed shock and surprise about complications, failure, and the length of time it could take to die, particularly when they were told of the case of a patient in …

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