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Of dilemmas and tensions: a qualitative study of palliative care physicians’ positions regarding voluntary active euthanasia in Quebec, Canada
  1. Emmanuelle Bélanger1,
  2. Anna Towers2,
  3. David Kenneth Wright3,
  4. Yuexi Chen4,
  5. Golda Tradounsky5,
  6. Mary Ellen Macdonald6
  1. 1Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  2. 2Department of Oncology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  3. 3School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
  4. 4Palliative Care McGill, McGill University Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  5. 5Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  6. 6Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Emmanuelle Bélanger, Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA; emmanuelle_belanger{at}brown.edu

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  • Contributors AT and YC planned the study and conducted the semistructured interviews with the participants. YC conducted the descriptive content analysis of the material. EB conducted the first iteration of interpretive analysis and prepared the material for discussion with all coauthors before the next iteration of analysis. All authors contributed substantially to reporting the work through direct input about organisation of the argumentation, quote selection and discussion of relevant literature. EB and AT are responsible for the overall content of the article as guarantors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent We used the standard consent forms from the IRB that reviewed the study.

  • Ethics approval The Institutional Review Board of the hospitals involved and McGill University Health Centre approved this study.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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Footnotes

  • Contributors AT and YC planned the study and conducted the semistructured interviews with the participants. YC conducted the descriptive content analysis of the material. EB conducted the first iteration of interpretive analysis and prepared the material for discussion with all coauthors before the next iteration of analysis. All authors contributed substantially to reporting the work through direct input about organisation of the argumentation, quote selection and discussion of relevant literature. EB and AT are responsible for the overall content of the article as guarantors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent We used the standard consent forms from the IRB that reviewed the study.

  • Ethics approval The Institutional Review Board of the hospitals involved and McGill University Health Centre approved this study.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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