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A qualitative study on continuous deep sedation until death as an alternative to assisted suicide in Switzerland

Published inBMC Palliative Care, vol. 20, no. 1, 67
Publication date2021
Abstract

According to the European Association for Palliative Care, decisions regarding palliative sedation should not be made in response to requests for assisted dying, such as euthanasia or assisted suicide. However, several studies show that continuous deep sedation until death (CDSUD) - a particular form of sedation - has been considered as an alternative to these practices in some countries. In Switzerland, where assisted suicide is decriminalized and CDSUD is not legally regulated, no studies have comprehensively investigated their relation. Our study aimed to identify and describe the experience among palliative care physicians of CDSUD as a potential alternative to assisted suicide in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Keywords
  • Continuous deep sedation until death
  • Palliative sedation
  • Temporary sedation
  • Assisted suicide
  • Palliative care
  • Qualitative study
  • Physicians
  • French-speaking part of Switzerland
Citation (ISO format)
TOMCZYK, Martyna, DIEUDONNE, Nathalie, JOX, Ralf J. A qualitative study on continuous deep sedation until death as an alternative to assisted suicide in Switzerland. In: BMC Palliative Care, 2021, vol. 20, n° 1, p. 67. doi: 10.1186/s12904-021-00761-y
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