• Attitudes of UK doctors towards euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: a systematic literature review.

      McCormack, Ruaidhri; Clifford, Margaret; Conroy, Marian; Department of Palliative Medicine, Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick, Ireland. r.mccormack@kcl.ac.uk (2012-01)
      To review studies over a 20-year period that assess the attitudes of UK doctors concerning active, voluntary euthanasia (AVE) and physician-assisted suicide (PAS), assess efforts to minimise bias in included studies, determine the effect of subgroup variables (e.g. age, gender) on doctors' attitudes, and make recommendations for future research. Data sources: Three electronic databases, four pertinent journals, reference lists of included studies. Review methods: Literature search of English articles between January 1990 and April 2010. Studies were excluded if they did not present independent data (e.g. commentaries) or if they related to doctors outside the UK, patients younger than 18 years old, terminal sedation, withdrawing or withholding treatment, or double-effect. Quantitative and qualitative data were extracted.