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Euthanasia rates in Belgium rise after legalization

Euthanasia rates after its legalisation in Belgium in 2002. In 2013, a large survey was conducted in 6188 doctors who certified death certificates in Flanders. The response rate was 60.6%, and it was found that in 47.8% of cases, the deaths had been preceded by treatments to shorten (24.2% of cases) or even end the life of patients.

The percentage of recorded deaths due to euthanasia rose from 1.9% to 4.6% between 2007 and 2013. The rate of euthanasia practiced declared without a previous request from the patient was 1.7%.Terminal sedation was carried out 12.0% of cases.
Accordingto the survey, patients were treated in palliative care units in 73.7% of cases.

These data suggest that 11 years after the legalisation of euthanasia in Belgium, this practice is increasing and is considered as a valid option. For the first time, the euthanasia rates in the Flemish area of Belgium are significantly higher than those in the Netherlands (New England Journal of Medicine 372; 1179-1180, 2015)

 

 

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