Year: 1995 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.152, no.8, (August 1995), p.1185-1191 SIEC No: 19950115

The desire for death among 200 terminal cancer patients, its stability over time & its association with psychiatric disorders was examined. 44.5% of patients wished that death would come soon; however, only 17% of these patients acknowledged a serious & pervasive desire to die. This desire was correlated with pain, low family support, & most significantly with depression. Informed debate about euthanasia should recognize the inherent transience of many patients’ expressed desire to die.