Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

904 Words Apr 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Background
Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide is at the forefront of ethical medicine. The debate is muddled in a sea of grey areas on the ethical spectrum. Patients may chose to end their own life in a variety of means. These methods are in some situations illegal and always a hot button topic of debate. One of the ways that patients can dodge the legality of the situation is VSED (voluntary stopping of eating and drinking). Often under discussed and under researched in some situations where a patient makes the choice to VSED, all parties in the patient 's health care are involved. I chose to conduct a literature review of this topic after facing it in a hospice situation of a younger and mentally capable patient who chose to refuse to eat or drink anymore in order to hasten his death and ultimately alleviate his suffering through death.
Methods
My research was conducted in both the online resources at the University of Northern Colorado and Aims Community College. Electronic databases included CINAHL and PubMed. My first attempt yielded little results in the topic of VSED in the academic nursing community. After expanding to other fields, I was able to compile a small collection of data on VSED. The articles I chose to review were ones that specifically focused on VSED and its relation to not only the patient, but also nurses. Other articles proved legal and ethical background in regards to end-of-life issues and physician assisted suicide.
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