alexa Recent Trends in Euthanasia and Other End-of-Life Practices in Belgium
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Clinical Research

Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics

Author(s): Kenneth Chambaere

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In Belgium, where euthanasia was legalized in 2002, large-scale repeat surveys have monitored the evolution of medical end-of-life practices since 1998, with subsequent surveys conducted in 2001 and 20071,2 and the latest in 2013. As was done in previous surveys,2 we sent questionnaires to 6188 physicians certifying death certificates from the first half of 2013 in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking half of Belgium, with approximately 6 million inhabitants and 58,000 deaths annually (see the Supplementary Appendix, available with the full text of this letter at NEJM.org). The response rate was 60.6%. The response sample was weighted to be representative of all the deaths that occurred in the first half of 2013.

This article was published in N Engl J Med and referenced in Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics

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