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Euthanasia requests, procedures and outcomes for 100 Belgian patients suffering from psychiatric disorders: a retrospective, descriptive study
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    A commentary on 'Euthanasia for psychiatric patients: ethical and legal concerns about the Belgian practice' from Claes et al.
    • Lieve Thienpont, psychiatrist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Monica Verhofstadt (commentary approved by the co-authors)

    In their warning call to Belgium and other countries in the world to (re)consider euthanasia legalisation, Claes et al. highlight some arguments that were also described in our descriptive study, including the key conditions 'untreatable and unbearable suffering' as subjects of controversy. However, we would like to react to some of the other statements in their commentary.

    Firstly, Claes et al. wrote "that 35%...

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    Euthanasia for psychiatric patients: ethical and legal concerns about the Belgian practice
    • Stephan Claes, Professor of Psychiatry
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ludi Vanbouwel, An Haekens, Marc Eneman, Georges Otte, Jan De Lepeleire, Marc Calmeyn, Ariane Bazane and Willem Lemmens

    As Belgian professionals in mental health care and medical ethics, we felt the need to comments on the paper published in BMJ Open by Thienpont et al., entitled "Euthanasia requests, procedures and outcomes for 100 Belgian patients suffering from psychiatric disorders: a retrospective, descriptive study" (Thienpont et al., BMJ Open. 2015 Jul 7;5(7):e007454.) We argue that this study denies several important and unresolved iss...

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