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posted on 02.03.2022, 14:50 authored by Ciaran Clarke, Mary CannonMary Cannon, Norbertas Skokauskas, Pauline Twomey
At present, Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia are illegal in Ireland, and are forbidden under the Irish Medical Council's ethical guidelines. With the recent introduction of a Bill in the Irish Dáil (Parliament) which would have permitted Physicial-Assisted Suicide in that country, Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (PAS-E) has become the subject of debate, both within the medical profession and in the wider community. Geographical and historical considerations mean that the Irish situation may have relevance to many other countries, which have apparently little similarity among themselves. PAS-E is becoming more widespread and more acceptable in many countries throughout the world. There are ramifications for many aspects of medical care, and matters such as the broadening of euthanasia criteria beyond terminal illness, attitudes toward suicide, and the determination of capacity and voluntariness, suggest that it will be an important issue, not only for psychiatrists, but for the wider medical community as well, in the coming years.

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Published Citation

Clarke C, Cannon M, Skokauskas N, Twomey P. The debate about physician assisted suicide and euthanasia in Ireland - Implications for psychiatry. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2021;79:101747

Publication Date

22 October 2021

PubMed ID

34689096

Department/Unit

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Psychiatry

Research Area

  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Publisher

Elsevier BV

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  • Published Version (Version of Record)