Indian Journal of Palliative Care
Open access journal 
  Print this page Email this page   Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size Users online: 330  
     Home | About | Feedback | Login 
  Current Issue Back Issues Editorial Board Authors and Reviewers How to Subscribe Advertise with us Contact Us Analgesic Prescription  
  Navigate Here 
 »   Next article
 »   Previous article
 »   Table of Contents

 Resource Links
 »   Similar in PUBMED
 »  Search Pubmed for
 »  Search in Google Scholar for
 »Related articles
 »   Citation Manager
 »   Access Statistics
 »   Reader Comments
 »   Email Alert *
 »   Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed10954    
    Printed272    
    Emailed9    
    PDF Downloaded421    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 8    

Recommend this journal

 

 ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 71--74

Attitudes towards euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide among Pakistani and Indian doctors: A survey


1 Deputy Medical Director, St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood, Essex, United Kingdom
2 Assistant Professor in Medicine, Muhammad Medical College, Mirpurkhas, Pakistan
3 Head of Palliative Care Programme, Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Syed Qamar Abbas
Deputy Medical Director, St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood, Essex CM17 9JX
United Kingdom
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.45448

Rights and Permissions

Aim: This study attempts to assess the attitude of Pakistani and Indian doctors to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Methods: We used a questionnaire survey that included one case history of a patient with cancer and another of one suffering from motor neurone disease (MND). Results: Fifty-two of 100 doctors from Pakistan returned the completed questionnaires. Eight of the 52 (15.3%) doctors agreed with the concept of euthanasia being an acceptable option for the patient with MND. Six of the 52 (11.5%) supported a similar approach for the cancer patient. From India, 60/100 doctors returned the completed questionnaires. Sixteen of the 60 (26.6%) doctors supported euthanasia as an option for the patient with MND whereas 15 (25%) supported a similar option for the cancer patient. Conclusion: We conclude that only a minority of the doctors support euthanasia. This group belongs to a younger age group. In Pakistan, they were more likely to be males. The religion of the doctors did not appear to be a determining factor.






[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*


        
Print this article     Email this article

Online since 1st October '05
Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow