Incurable Ill Patients Attitudes Towards Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (ESPIL)
Euthanasia and assisted dying are of growing interest for patients with incurable diseases. The possible methods are widely discussed by patient-societies, physicians, lawyers, theologians and philosophers. During the last years several opinion-polls were conducted with healthy people or medical stuff, but no surveys were conducted to get the attitude of incurable ill patients.
The hypothesis of the investigators' study is: "Palliative Care Medicine is a better option for incurable ill patients than an assisted suicide."
Incurable Cancer Diseases
Other Incurable Diseases
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Incurable Ill Patients Attitudes to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: A Prospective, Multi-Centre Trial in Palliative Care Units in Saxony|
- Patients intention to assisted suicide [ Time Frame: up to four weeks after beginning of palliative treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2010|
Patients receiving palliative care due to incurable illness
|Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH|
|Leipzig, Saxonia, Germany, 04105|
|Principal Investigator:||Armin R Sablotzki, MD||Klinikum St. Georg Leipzig, Clinics of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Therapy|
|Study Director:||Matthias Thieme, MD||Klinikum St. Georg Leipzig, Clinics of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Therapy|