Euthanasia and assisted death

Currently, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Colombia, Switzerland, and several states in the US permit some form of medically assisted death. This is an area of rapid change: In 2016, physician assisted death became legal in Canada and California; measures to legalize physician assisted death was approved in Washington, DC as well as in Colorado. A bill legalizing assisted death was defeated in the UK Parliament in 2015.

In Belgium and the Netherlands, a person with "unbearable and hopeless suffering" from psychiatric conditions can receive euthanasia and assisted suicide (EAS).  You can read about the experience in Belgium in a recent New Yorker article. Elderly people who are "tired of life" with non-fatal "geriatric" conditions can also receive EAS in those countries.

We recently published a study of Dutch psychiatric EAS cases (see right for link). I've written a post explaining the study.  Paul Appelbaum has written an excellent editorial.  You can also read coverage of our study in the New York Times and in Reuters among other media outlets.  

Nicolini, M. E., Peteet, J. R., Donovan, G. K., & Kim, S. Y. H. Euthanasia and assisted suicide of persons with psychiatric disorders: the challenge of personality disorders. Psychological Medicine, 1-8. doi:10.1017/S0033291719000333

Kim SYH. Capacity Assessments as a Safeguard for Psychiatric Patients Requesting Euthanasia Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 2016. Open Volume. (Invited commentary).

Doernberg SN, Peteet JR, Kim SYHCapacity Evaluations of Psychiatric Patients Requesting Assisted Death in theNetherlandsPsychosomatics. 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.psym.2016.06.005.

Kim, S. Y. H., & Lemmens, T. (2016). Should assisted dying for psychiatric disorders be legalized in Canada? Canadian Medical Association Journal. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.160365

Kim SYH, De Vries RG, Peteet JR. Euthanasia and assisted suicide of patients with psychiatric disorders in the netherlands 2011 to 2014. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016. Online first.

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