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Medical End-of-Life Practices in Switzerland A Comparison of 2001 and 2013

Georg Bosshard, MD1; Ueli Zellweger, MSc2; Matthias Bopp, PhD2; Margareta Schmid, MD2; Samia A. Hurst, MD3; Milo A. Puhan, MD, PhD2; Karin Faisst, MD2
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1Clinic for Geriatric Medicine, Zurich University Hospital, and Center on Aging and Mobility, University of Zurich and City Hospital Waid, Zurich, Switzerland
2Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
3Institute for Ethics, History, and the Humanities, Geneva University Medical School, Geneva, Switzerland
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(4):555-556. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7676.
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This study assesses the trends in physician-assisted suicide and other medical end-of-life practices in Switzerland.

Physician-assisted suicide, but not euthanasia, is legal in Switzerland.1 The Netherlands and Belgium, where euthanasia is legal, regularly monitor the incidence of medical end-of-life practices.2,3 As part of a study in 6 European countries, reliable data on medical end-of-life practices were collected in the German-speaking part of Switzerland in 2001.4 To assess trends in physician-assisted suicide and other medical end-of-life practices, we conducted an identical study in Switzerland in 2013.

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