Euthanasia or physician assisted suicide is when action is taken to end the life of a person who is experiencing long term illness euthanasia is against the law in many countries and in the us . Euthanasia where is it today february 1 2004 by dr john c willke share tweet issues in law and medicine vol 17 no 3 spring 03 p223 247 but there is more 60 of such deaths are not reported in termination without request there was no psychiatric consultation in 97 of the cases of the 6368 deaths there was no . Voluntary euthanasia is requested by the patient involuntary euthanasia is performed despite the objections of the patient and nonvoluntary euthanasia occurs when the patients decision has not been sought or as in the case of infants and young children there is a lack of decisional capacity although the dutch permit euthanasia it is . Active voluntary euthanasia is one of the most controversial issues in the nursing and legal systems today the purpose of this study was to explore hospice nurses attitudes on active voluntary euthanasia ave one hundred useable questionnaires were collected for a response rate of 33 the questionnaires included demographic data four vignettes which described a patient care situation . The euthanasia debate has been brought under the media spotlight in recent years following a number of high profile cases in which terminally ill patients have campaigned for a change to the assisted suicide legislation author terry pratchetts recent documentary which featured a man ending his life at the dignitas clinic in switzerland caused widespread controversy
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