Publication
Title
Expressed wishes and incidence of euthanasia in advanced lung cancer patients
Author
Institution/Organisation
EOLIC-Consortium
Abstract
This study explores expressed wishes and requests for euthanasia (i.e. administration of lethal drugs at explicit request of the patient), and incidence of end-of-life decisions with possible life-shortening effects (ELDs) in advanced lung cancer patients in Flanders, Belgium. We performed a prospective, longitudinal, observational study of a consecutive sample of advanced lung cancer patients and selected those who died within 18 months of diagnosis. Immediately after death, the pulmonologist/oncologist and general practitioner (GP) of the patient filled in a questionnaire. Information was available for 105 of 115 deaths. According to the specialist or GP, one in five of patients had expressed a wish for euthanasia; and 3 in 4 of these had made an explicit and repeated request. One in two of these received euthanasia. Of the patients who had expressed a wish for euthanasia but had not made an explicit and repeated request, none received euthanasia. Patients with a palliative treatment goal at inclusion were more likely to receive euthanasia. Death was preceded by an ELD in 62.9% of patients. To conclude, advanced lung cancer patients who expressed a euthanasia wish were often determined. Euthanasia was performed significantly more among patients whose treatment goal after diagnosis was exclusively palliative.
Language
English
Source (journal)
The European respiratory journal. - Copenhagen
Publication
Copenhagen : 2012
ISSN
0903-1936
Volume/pages
40:4(2012), p. 949-956
ISI
000309795500023
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 18.07.2017
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