Recent Trends in Euthanasia and Other End-of-Life Practices in Belgium

A study was published in the NEJM on March 19, 2015 on the experience with euthanasia in the Flanders region of Belgium examined 3751 deaths in the first six months of 2013 in the Flanders region of Belgium and concluded that 1.7% of all deaths were hastened without request (representing more than 1000 deaths yearly), euthanasia represents 4.6% of all deaths although the official Belgian reports indicate that euthanasia represents 2.4% of all deaths, meaning that almost half of all ...

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Preventing Suicide: A Resource for Media Professionals

The World Health Organization issued a resource guide for responsible reporting to minimize the risks of suicide contagions, which is a great reminder for the media coverage in the assisted suicide debates:

  • avoid language which sensationalizes or normalizes suicide, or presents it as a solution to problems
  • avoid prominent placement and undue repetition of stories about suicide
  • avoid providing detailed information about the site of a completed or attempted suicide
  • word headlines carefully
  • exercise caution in using photographs or video footage, take particular care in ...

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Attitudes towards assisted dying are influenced by question wording and order: a survey experiment

"Surveys on attitudes towards assisted dying play an important role in informing public debate, policy and legislation. Unfortunately, surveys are often designed with insufficient attention to framing effects; that is, effects on the respondents’ stated attitudes caused by question wording and context." For this reason, researchers should take care in interpreting survey results.

 

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