Voluntary euthanasia and the nurse: an Australian survey

Helga Kuhse, Peter Singer

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This article presents the results of a survey of the attitudes and practices of nurses in Victoria with regard to requests for active or passive help in dying from patients who were suffering from a terminal or incurable disease. Questionnaires were sent to 1942 nurses who had been selected at random, 943 nurses (49%) of whom returned completed questionnaires. The survey indicates that a clear majority of those who responded to the questionnaire support active voluntary euthanasia. Many nurses have collaborated with doctors in the provision of active voluntary euthanasia and a few have acted without consulting a doctor. Seventy-eight per cent of nurses thought the law should be changed to allow doctors to take active steps to bring about a patient's death under some circumstances; and 65% of nurses indicated that they would be willing to collaborate with doctors in the provision of active voluntary euthanasia if it were legal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-322
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing


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