1435 e-Letters

  • Attitudes toward colleagues who disclose mental health difficulties
    Anon Author

    Dear Editor

    I read with great interest the article "Doctors accessing mental- health services: an exploratory study" by Josephine Stanton and Patte Randal and the response posted by Andrew K Ntanda and I would agree that this group of doctors should consider accessing individual psychotherapy. My training region also offers support to doctors with Mental Health and other problems I would like to direct any reade...

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  • Re:Ethics of Assisted Dying in LIS
    Marco Sara'

    The fact that a high percentage of patients with locked-in syndrome (LIS) shows an unexpected well-being does not surprise us, but we are very interested in this. The first part of the work carried out by Bruno and colleagues provides a basis for researchers to formulate new working hypotheses in patients who have a lesion that is so localised and yet leads to such a complex mosaic of consequences on a functional level. I...

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  • House Concern
    Andrew K Ntanda

    I read with interest the authors' qualitative study assessing potential barriers of doctors assessing mental health facilities. In particular it was striking that 6/8 of the participants interviewed worked in psychiatry, and as the author alluded to in the beginning, were most likely to either treat themselves or trust their own council. I think a way forward for this particular group of patients is for them to consider in...

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  • Ethics of Assisted Dying in LIS
    Julian Savulescu

    This sort of research demonstrating remarkable adaptation is often used by anti-euthanasia lobbyists to argue that assisted suicide and euthanasia should not be offered to such people because they come to value their life. They find meaning. However, that conclusion is not warranted. Some do want to die and should be allowed to die. The lesson that should be learnt is the one authors draw: you should wait to see how you a...

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  • Response to: "A survey on self-assessed well-being in a cohort of chronic locked-in syndrome patients: happy majority, miserable minority."
    Peggy A. Hakanson


    I just wanted to add a few other dimensions to the topic on the happiness of persons who are living with a disability in which they have a limited ability to communicate: resources.

    I work with participants at a cerebral palsy center. The persons I find to be more content are those who are given access to equipment that allows them to communicate with others and equipment in which their mobili...

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