Incurable Ill Patients Attitudes Towards Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (ESPIL)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Armin Sablotzki, MD, Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH Identifier:
First received: July 2, 2007
Last updated: November 12, 2012
Last verified: November 2012

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."

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Study Type: Observational
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

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Further study details as provided by Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Patients intention to assisted suicide [ Time Frame: up to four weeks after beginning of palliative treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: September 2006
Study Completion Date: January 2010
Patients receiving palliative care due to incurable illness


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients with incurable illness


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age >= 18 years
  • Incurable illness
  • Mental state thet allows to answer a questionnaire

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Somnolence
  • Low mental state
  • Curable disease
  • Depression with danger of acute suicide
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00495482

Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH
Leipzig, Saxonia, Germany, 04105
Sponsors and Collaborators
Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH
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
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Armin Sablotzki, MD, Prof. Dr. med., Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH Identifier: NCT00495482     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BR-14/06-1, BR-14/06-1
Study First Received: July 2, 2007
Last Updated: November 12, 2012
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Keywords provided by Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH:
Assisted Suicide
Assisted Dying
Palliative Care Medicine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Suicide, Assisted
Self-Injurious Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on April 23, 2014