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Sep 02, 2015

Publication de Rose-Anna Foley dans Death Studies

En collaboration avec le service de soins palliatifs du CHUV, Rose-Anna Foley présente dans cet article les résultats d’une étude qualitative sur la sédation palliative du point de vue de médecins de Suisse romande, qu’ils l’intègrent ou non dans leur pratique.

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Summary
In Switzerland, where assisted suicide but not euthanasia is permitted, the authors sought to understand how physicians integrate palliative sedation in their practice and how they reflect on existential suffering and death hastening. They interviewed 31 physicians from different care settings. Five major attitudes emerged. Among specialized palliative care physicians, convinced, cautious and doubtful attitudes were evident. Within unspecialized settings, palliative sedation was more likely to be considered as death hastening: clinicians either avoid it with an inexperienced attitude or practice it with an ambiguous attitude, raising the issue of unskilled and abusive uses of sedatives at the end of life.