Year: 1995 Source: The Medical Journal of Australia, v.163, no.10, (November 20, 1995), p.558 SIEC No: 19950735

This letter to the editor responds to previous authors’ contentions that there is a lack of data on patients who wish to die. Glare lists a study at a Sydney Palliative care center between 1992-93 which shows that 2.8% of patients admitted expressed a wish to die. These patients were of 2 groups: those that wanted to forego treatment, & those that wanted an accelerated death. With comprehensive palliative care, however, requests for accelerated death dropped to less than 1% of those admitted.