Assisted Dying: In Search of Appropriate Assistants
Author: Bosshard, Georg
Source: King's Law Journal, Volume 23, Number 2, August 2012 , pp. 141-148(8)
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Abstract:There is widespread agreement amongst experts that assisted dying cannot be sufficiently regulated without doctors being involved. This paper addresses the question of whether their involvement should be within the routine clinical setting, encompassed by the doctor-patient relationship, or in a completely separate setting with a neutral medical opinion given prior to assistance.
The real-life complexity and individuality of assisted suicide is discussed in relation to a specific case. This case shows that, besides normative criteria, a sound therapeutic relationship between doctor and patient is pivotal to a good decision. It also demonstrates that acceptable ways can be found to deal with dilemmas that can hardly be resolved normatively. It follows that the role of medical professionals in assisted dying should not be restricted to expert opinions and that the framework should be organised to actively engage healthcare professionals rather than discourage them by too stringent standardisation and excessive formalities.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-08-01
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