Euthanasie bij dementie: Een reële optie?

Translated title of the contribution: Euthanasia in the case of dementia: A realistic option?

Marike E. De Boer*, Cees M.P.M. Hertogh, Rose Marie Dröes, Jan A. Eefsting

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Nursing home physicians are bound to be confronted more often with patients that have an advance directive concerning a request for euthanasia in the case of dementia. Despite the fact that in the Netherlands euthanasia in dementia, under certain conditions, is justified when a written request is present, these requests are rarely carried out.This article provides insight into the medical ethical problems that physicians may encounter when treating a patient with dementia in the posession of a written request for euthanasia. Dilemma's with respect to the patient's (in)competence, personal identity and unbearable suffering, are adressed successively. It appears that insight into the way that physicians in daily practice deal with these dilemma's is limited. More research into the issues around advance directives in dementia is recommended.

Translated title of the contributionEuthanasia in the case of dementia: A realistic option?
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)134-137
Number of pages4
JournalTijdschrift voor Verpleeghuisgeneeskunde
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2007

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