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Lancet. 2003 Aug 2;362(9381):395-9.

Euthanasia and other end-of-life decisions in the Netherlands in 1990, 1995, and 2001.

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Department of Social Medicine and Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine, Vrije Universitat University Medical Center, van der Boechorststraat 7, 1081 BT, Amsterdam, Netherlands. <>


Empirical data on the rate of euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and other end-of-life decisions have greatly contributed to the debate about the role of such practices in modern health care. In the Netherlands, the continuing debate about whether and when physician-assisted dying is acceptable seems to be resulting in a gradual stabilisation of end-of-life practices. We replicated interview and death-certificate studies done in 1990 and 1995 to investigate whether end-of-life practices had altered between 1995 and 2001. Since 1995, the demand for physician-assisted death has not risen among patients and physicians, who seem to have become somewhat more reluctant in their attitude towards this practice.

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