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Facing requests for euthanasia: a clinical practice guideline
  1. C Gastmans1,
  2. F Van Neste2,
  3. P Schotsmans1
  1. 1Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Leuven, Belgium
  2. 2University of Antwerp, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor C Gastmans
 Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, Kapucijnenvoer 35, Leuven 3000, Belgium;


On 23 September 2002, the Belgian law on euthanasia came into force. This makes Belgium the second country in the world (after the Netherlands) to have an Act on euthanasia. Even though there is currently legal regulation of euthanasia in Belgium, very little is known about how this legal regulation could be translated into care for patients who request euthanasia.

  • euthanasia
  • guidelines
  • palliative care

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