Depression and physician assisted dying

van der Lee, Marije L.
October 2008
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);10/25/2008, Vol. 337 Issue 7676, p941
Academic Journal
The authors express their opinion that physicians should focus on preventing depression rather than protecting patients from assisted suicide. They discuss a study which suggests that the prevalence of major depression among patients requesting euthanasia is lower than expected. The difficulty in diagnosing depression in terminally ill patients is addressed.


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