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Misconstrual of EAPC's position paper on euthanasia
  1. Lars Johan Materstvedt
  1. Correspondence to Professor Lars Johan Materstvedt, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Låven, Dragvoll allé 40, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway; lars.johan.materstvedt{at}


This is a response to Barutta and Vollmann's article ‘Physician-assisted death with limited access to palliative care.’ I show how they misconstrue a key empirical statement made by the European Association for Palliative Care regarding legalisation of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Additionally, I include some further remarks on the relationship between euthanasia and palliative care. I read with interest the article, which delineate well several positions and gives a nice overview of arguments presented on either side. I also found the line of argument unprejudiced and clear, and am sure people working within palliative care would benefit from reading it.

  • Euthanasia
  • Palliative Care
  • Ethics
  • End of Life Care
  • End-of-life

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