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

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00495482
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 3, 2007
Last Update Posted : November 14, 2012
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Armin Sablotzki, MD, Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH

Brief Summary:

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."


Condition or disease
Incurable Cancer Diseases Other Incurable Diseases

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 200 participants
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
Study Start Date : September 2006
Study Completion Date : January 2010

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Group/Cohort
1
Patients receiving palliative care due to incurable illness



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patients intention to assisted suicide [ Time Frame: up to four weeks after beginning of palliative treatment ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with incurable illness
Criteria

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

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Locations
Germany
Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH
Leipzig, Saxonia, Germany, 04105
Sponsors and Collaborators
Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH
Investigators
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

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Armin Sablotzki, MD, Prof. Dr. med., Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00495482     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BR-14/06-1
First Posted: July 3, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 14, 2012
Last Verified: November 2012

Keywords provided by Armin Sablotzki, MD, Klinikum St. Georg gGmbH:
Euthanasia
Assisted Suicide
Assisted Dying
Palliative Care Medicine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Suicide
Suicide, Assisted
Self-Injurious Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms