End of life in Europe: an overview of medical practices
Population and Societies
n° 430, January 2007
Beyond the rare cases of euthanasia that hit the headlines, often concerning young people with severe injuries or disabilities, the end-of-life care of old people is a daily concern for hospital physicians and medical teams. Are decisions that could hasten death taken on a routine basis? Who takes these decisions?
Pending the results of a survey under way in France, a review of the situation among some of our European neighbours sheds light on the question and rekindles the debate on the "right to die in dignity".