The attitude of young adults with chronic disease or handicaps towards enforced treatment and euthanasia

Title

The attitude of young adults with chronic disease or handicaps towards enforced treatment and euthanasia

Creator

Brook U

Publisher

Patient Education And Counseling

Date

1999

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; Adolescent Psychology; Attitude to Health; Medical Futility; Prognosis; Questionnaires; Attitude to Death; Physician's Role; Informed Consent; Israel; Case-Control Studies; quality of life; adolescent; decision making; Family/psychology; Treatment Refusal/psychology; Chronic Disease/psychology; Disabled Persons/psychology; Euthanasia/psychology; Terminal Care/psychology

Description

One hundred fifty-nine young adults in the 17-18 year old age group suffering from chronic disease or handicap participated in this study which examined their attitudes towards enforced treatment and euthanasia in terminal patients. The comparison group included 120 healthy high school pupils of the same age group. A total of 42.6% of the chronic patients thought that enforced treatment was justified even if the patient didn't understand its importance and didn't want treatment (in comparison with 23.3% of the healthy pupils who felt the same way). Of the chronic patients, 54.4% thought that euthanasia was justified in consenting terminal patients (in comparison with 74.2% of the healthy pupils who felt the same way; P < 0.01). This may be explained by the feeling of total dependency of chronic patients upon medication and treatment. On the other hand, they may be opposed to euthanasia because of their own personal hope that a cure would be found for their severe and chronic condition. Both groups studied believed that physicians should always consider the subjective suffering of the patient and his family, as well as the short and long term prognosis when deciding about therapy.
1999

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

43-48

Issue

1

Volume

38

Citation

Brook U, “The attitude of young adults with chronic disease or handicaps towards enforced treatment and euthanasia,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 17, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12214.

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