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Research Letter
April 2016

Medical End-of-Life Practices in SwitzerlandA Comparison of 2001 and 2013

Author Affiliations
  • 1Clinic for Geriatric Medicine, Zurich University Hospital, and Center on Aging and Mobility, University of Zurich and City Hospital Waid, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 3Institute for Ethics, History, and the Humanities, Geneva University Medical School, Geneva, Switzerland
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(4):555-556. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7676

Physician-assisted suicide, but not euthanasia, is legal in Switzerland.1 The Netherlands and Belgium, where euthanasia is legal, regularly monitor the incidence of medical end-of-life practices.2,3 As part of a study in 6 European countries, reliable data on medical end-of-life practices were collected in the German-speaking part of Switzerland in 2001.4 To assess trends in physician-assisted suicide and other medical end-of-life practices, we conducted an identical study in Switzerland in 2013.

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