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Advice and care for patients who die by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking is not assisted suicide

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, December 2017
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Title
Advice and care for patients who die by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking is not assisted suicide
Published in
BMC Medicine, December 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12916-017-0994-2
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Authors

Andrew McGee, Franklin G. Miller

Abstract

A competent patient has the right to refuse foods and fluids even if the patient will die. The exercise of this right, known as voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED), is sometimes proposed as an alternative to physician assisted suicide. However, there is ethical and legal uncertainty about physician involvement in VSED. Are physicians advising of this option, or making patients comfortable while they undertake VSED, assisting suicide? This paper attempts to resolve this ethical and legal uncertainty. The standard approach to resolving this conundrum has been to determine whether VSED itself is suicide. Those who claim that VSED is suicide invariably claim that physician involvement in VSED amounts to assisting suicide. Those who claim that VSED is not suicide claim that physician involvement in VSED does not amount to assisting suicide. We reject this standard approach. We instead argue that, even if VSED is classified as a kind of suicide, physician involvement in VSED is not a form of assisted suicide. Physician involvement in VSED does not therefore fall within legal provisions that prohibit VSED.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 24 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 7 29%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 21%
Student > Postgraduate 2 8%
Researcher 2 8%
Student > Master 2 8%
Other 3 13%
Unknown 3 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 9 38%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 21%
Psychology 2 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 8%
Social Sciences 2 8%
Other 1 4%
Unknown 3 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 25 December 2019.
All research outputs
#4,029,545
of 15,922,193 outputs
Outputs from BMC Medicine
#1,708
of 2,485 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#114,777
of 409,117 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medicine
#137
of 212 outputs
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