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Legal physician-assisted dying in Oregon and the Netherlands: evidence concerning the impact on patients in “vulnerable” groups
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    Are vulnerable groups no more likely to receive physician-assisted dying?
    • Eleanor Grogan, Consultant & Honorary Senior Lecturer Palliative Medicine
    • Other Contributors:
      • Andrew Thorns, Colin Campbell, Claire Stark-Toller, David Oliver, Tim Harlow, Rosaleen Beattie, Rob George

    Battin et al’s article1 suggests vulnerable groups are no more likely to receive physician-assisted dying than other less vulnerable groups. This claim needs challenging based both on the figures presented and from experience in palliative medicine.

    Palliative medicine frequently encounters patients wishing their lives were over. They may not explicitly request to have physician- assisted dying but clearly expres...

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