"We need to talk!" Barriers to GPs' communication about the option of physician-assisted suicide and their ethical implications: results from a qualitative study.
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 3693191
Author(s) Otte, Ina C; Jung, Corinna; Elger, Bernice; Bally, Klaus
Author(s) at UniBasel Otte, Ina
Jung, Corinna
Bally, Klaus
Elger, Bernice Simone
Year 2016
Title "We need to talk!" Barriers to GPs' communication about the option of physician-assisted suicide and their ethical implications: results from a qualitative study.
Journal Medicine, health care, and philosophy
Volume 20
Number 2
Pages / Article-Number 249-256
Keywords Assisted dying, General practice, Communication, Medical ethics
Abstract

GPs usually care for their patients for an extended period of time, therefore, requests to not only discontinue a patient's treatment but to assist a patient in a suicide are likely to create intensely stressful situations for physicians. However, in order to ensure the best patient care possible, the competent communication about the option of physician assisted suicide (PAS) as well as the assessment of the origin and sincerity of the request are very important. This is especially true, since patients' requests for PAS can also be an indicator for unmet needs or concerns. Twenty-three qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted to in-depth explore this multifaceted, complex topic while enabling GPs to express possible difficulties when being asked for assistance. The analysis of the gathered data shows three main themes why GPs may find it difficult to professionally communicate about PAS: concerns for their own psychological well-being, conflicting personal values or their understanding of their professional role. In the discussion part of this paper we re-assess these different themes in order to ethically discuss and analyse how potential barriers to professional communication concerning PAS could be overcome.

Publisher Springer Netherlands
ISSN/ISBN 1572-8633
Full Text on edoc
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/s11019-016-9744-z
PubMed ID http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27785588
ISI-Number WOS:000419844500010
Document type (ISI) Article
   

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