Title: Nursing and euthanasia: a review of argument-based ethics literature
Authors: Quaghebeur, Toon ×
Dierckx de Casterlé, Bernadette
Gastmans, Chris #
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: Edward Arnold
Series Title: Nursing ethics vol:16 issue:4 pages:466-486
Abstract: This article gives an overview of the nursing ethics arguments on euthanasia in general,
and on nurses’ involvement in euthanasia in particular, through an argument-based
literature review. An in-depth study of these arguments in this literature will enable nurses
to engage in the euthanasia debate. We critically appraised 41 publications published
between January 1987 and June 2007. Nursing ethics arguments on (nurses’ involvement
in) euthanasia are guided primarily by the principles of respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence,
beneficence and justice. Ethical arguments related to the nursing profession
are described. From a care perspective, we discuss arguments that evaluate to what degree
euthanasia can be considered positively or negatively as a form of good nursing care. Most
arguments in the principle-, profession- and care-orientated approaches to nursing ethics
are used both pro and contra euthanasia in general, and nurses’ involvement in euthanasia
in particular.
ISSN: 0969-7330
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
Early Modern History (15th-18th Centuries), Leuven
Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law
Department of Health and Technology - UC Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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