[Fourth evaluation of the law on the review of termination of life on request and assisted suicide (Euthanasia Act)]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2005 Sep 24;149(39):2187-9.
[Article in Dutch]


This fall, an extensive study will start to evaluate the Dutch Euthanasia Act. This law was enacted in 2002. According to this law, physicians must report cases of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. The cases are then judged by regional euthanasia review committees consisting of a lawyer, a physician and an ethicist. Only if they conclude that the case does not meet the requirements for prudent practice, it will be sent to the public prosecutor. The study will be focused on the practice of medical end-of-life decision-making, the functioning and effects of the Euthanasia Act, and opinions of physicians about the scope of the law and the demarcation between different end-of-life decisions. The study will comprise 4 sub-studies: a judicial evaluation, a death certificate study, a survey among physicians and a panel study among physicians, nurses, members of euthanasia review committees, lawyers and ethicists. This study is the fourth in a row of nationwide studies into end-of-life practices that have been performed since 1990. The previous studies contributed to the public debate about medical care at the end of life and to the development of policy in this field. It is expected that this study, by providing up-to-date information on and insight into end-of-life care in the Netherlands, will do the same.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Netherlands
  • Right to Die / ethics*
  • Right to Die / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Suicide, Assisted / ethics*
  • Suicide, Assisted / legislation & jurisprudence*