1066 Words May 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Michelle Ju
Research Summary and Ethical Considerations Euthanasia: An Expression of Autonomy
According to the American Cancer Society (2015), it is estimated that there were 589,430 cancer deaths among men and women. Everybody has the right to autonomy and the autonomy factor of the individual plays a vital role when euthanasia is chosen to be used. It can be a very difficult time for the patient’s family and friends but it is the patient who is deeply suffering from the situation. Euthanasia is not a practice that is legal across America; instead it is only legal in 5 states which include Washington, Oregon, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico. When understanding the use of euthanasia, it is very important to
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Every patient has their own perspectives of euthanasia and this research aims to target the thoughts that revolve around the minds of these individuals. This can be a very complicated type of study because it is a very sensitive topic but the researchers feel that the in-depth interviews can reveal crucial information. There are many facts and information known about euthanasia but very little is actually noted by health professionals.
Patients and Methods
According to the researchers, there were a total of 66 informants that were interviewed for this study. It was also mentioned by the researchers that the study was “initiated in 1997, but due to one researcher’s own fatal disease, the project was postponed, but then restarted, with additional interviewing, in 2007” (Karlsson et al, 2011, p.35). The requirements were that patients had to be “over 18 years, suffering from cancer in a palliative phase… no obvious disorientation and not currently suffering from a psychological crisis” (Karlsson et al, p.35). The patients were selected from five different units which consisted of various organizations and clinics. Each interview that was conducted was based on set topics that included matters based on the informants’ perspectives on euthanasia and its legalization in Sweden. It was also specified that each interview were examined in a qualitative manner and “tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim, ranging in size from 800 to 10,000

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