Assisted Suicide in Switzerland
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04261088|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : February 7, 2020
Last Update Posted : March 21, 2023
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Researchers want to learn more about how the Swiss model of assisted suicide works. To do this, they have interviewed 25 Swiss experts. The researchers will draw on research in the fields of ethics, law, and medicine to analyze the transcripts.
To describe the practice of assisted suicide in Switzerland and to study how the policy is carried out, how the right-to-die societies work, and the ethical implications of the practice.
Swiss experts in the field of assisted suicide
The study includes 25 interviews that have already been conducted. The participants were:
- doctors and others in medical care
- a government official
- representatives of right-to-die societies.
Researchers will analyze the data using qualitative methods. Two researchers will develop a coding scheme and code the texts and analyze the data.
|Condition or disease|
Switzerland is the only country in the world that enables assisted suicide by lay people, i.e.,
people who are not physicians. All other countries that have adopted aid-in-dying legislation
require that a physician provides this assistance. This project probes the reasons for adopting this policy, and the advantages and the disadvantages of the Swiss model at the end of life. Are the Swiss aid-in-dying volunteers able to provide well-informed assistance to patients in need? Is the Swiss model one to be followed by other nations? The project will focus on the work of the Swiss aid-in-dying societies. The study draws on research in the fields of ethics, law and medicine. Its novelty lies in incorporating different methods of analysis, reflecting on the right to die with dignity within a liberal framework that aims to respect fundamental human rights.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Actual Enrollment :||25 participants|
|Official Title:||Assisted Suicide in Switzerland|
|Actual Study Start Date :||February 3, 2020|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||January 31, 2024|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||January 31, 2024|
Experts in Swiss assisted suicide
Persons in Switzerland who are experts in how assisted suicide is practiced. We will beexamining already collected interviews.
- Descriptive study [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]This is a qualitative descriptive study of transcripts.
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|Ages Eligible for Study:||18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)|
|Sexes Eligible for Study:||All|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers:||No|
|Sampling Method:||Non-Probability Sample|
The study includes 25 interviews with Swiss experts that have been conducted.
- Gender: Men 14, Women 11
- Backgrounds of interviewees: Academics 14, Physicians and other medical care 6, Right to die associations 4, Government official 1
- Race and ethnicity: All white Swiss.
- Age range: Unknown, but all are adults.
- No vulnerable populations.
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04261088
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|
|Principal Investigator:||Scott Y Kim, M.D.||National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)|
|Responsible Party:||National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)|
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|First Posted:||February 7, 2020 Key Record Dates|
|Last Update Posted:||March 21, 2023|
|Last Verified:||August 19, 2022|
|Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product:||No|
|Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product:||No|
End of life