Year: 1996 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.153, no.11, (November 1996), p.1469-1475 SIEC No: 19970003

An anonymous questionnaire was sent to 418 Oregon psychiatrists to determine their attitudes toward assisted suicide. 321 responses were received. Two-thirds endorsed the view, that under certain circumstances, a physician should be permitted to write a prescription whose sole purpose would be to end life. Only 6% of respondents were very confident that a single evaluation could assess whether a psychiatric disorder was impairing the judgement of a patient requesting assisted suicide. (21 refs.)