Title: Nurses’ involvement in the care for patients requesting euthanasia
Authors: De Bal, N
Dierckx de Casterlé, Bernadette
Gastmans, Chris
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Rodopi
Host Document: Dying, Assisted Death and Mourning pages:73-96
Abstract: Empirical Ethics occupies an increasingly major place in the health
care ethics field. Rather than applying ethical theories to concrete ethical
conflicts, the attempt is made to elaborate the values and norms already
present in clinical practice. In this research project, the empirical turn in
Ethics is applied to the theme of nurse involvement in euthanasia. Because of
their patient-centred orientation and expertise, nurses are frequently
confronted with euthanasia requests. Since September 2002, euthanasia is
legally regulated in Belgium and nurses can anticipate being confronted more
often with one or more aspects of the euthanasia process (notifying request,
decision-making process, life-terminating action, aftercare). Our Empirical
Ethics study aims to clarify nurses’ real involvement in the care process for
patients requesting euthanasia in Flemish hospitals. Founding on individual
in-depth interviews with nurses from a variety of practice settings (aged care,
palliative care, oncology, internal medicine) in one of the selected general
hospitals, the study will implement a grounded theory approach to dataanalysis,
in order to get a balanced picture of the way in which and the extent
to which nurses are actually involved in euthanasia. These results will
facilitate the development of ethical guidelines that serve for positively
orienting nurse involvement in euthanasia. This positive trend will continue
in the ethically responsible development of palliative care practice.
ISBN: 978-90-420-2589-9
VABB publication type: VABB-4
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law

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