Year: 1992 Source: Family Practice, v.9, no.2, (June 1992), p.135-140 SIEC No: 19920694

Two random samples of Dutch doctors were surveyed in order to determine whether they acted prudently with regard to euthanasia & assisted suicide. Doctors were asked about several aspects of the requirements for prudent practice. “Pointless suffering” was the most important & common reason for requesting euthanasia & assisted suicide; “pain” was rarely the most important reason. Although some do not, most family doctors do follow procedural requirements for prudent practice.