Year: 1998 Source: Patient Education and Counselling, v.35, no.1 (September 1998), p.63-73 SIEC No: 20020753

Euthanasia strictu sensu is about ending a patient’s life at his/her explicit request. However, there are many cases of ending someone’s life that are related to euthanasia in its classical form but do not neatly fit into the strict definition. Dutch citizens were asked to judge all kinds of ‘euthanasia’ and appeared to be able to do this in a highly balanced way. They do not use just one or two criteria to judge various cases of euthanasia, they seem to evaluate each new case on its own merits & they do so in a very thoughtful & sophisticated way, using a refined combination of criteria. (17 refs)