Euthanasia: would elderly people from socio-economic classes D/E perform it or allow it on their relatives?

Diego Fraga Rezende, Gabriela Nunes Oliveira, Lucy Gomes Vianna, Izabel Borges dos Santos

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75 opinions from elderly people of low socioeconomic classes living in a specific community were investigated, about whether they would allow euthanasia to be performed on family members. 77.3% wouldn't perform euthanasia. Regarding permission to a physician, the following responded with negatives: 78.7% against the active form, 68% against the passive, and 62.7% against double effect. The contrary arguments were: religious issues, belief in destiny, hope of healing, don't want to take responsibility and guilty conscience.

 


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Euthanasia; Non institutionalized elderly; End of life.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.23925/2176-901X.2014v17iEspecial17p125-135

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