The World Medical Association's Declaration on Euthanasia, adopted by the 38th World Medical Assembly, Madrid, Spain, October 1987 and reaffirmed by the 170th WMA Council Session, Divonne-les-Bains, France, May 2005.
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 ...
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:
"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.