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Sohar, B; Großschädl, F; Meier, IM; Stronegger, WJ.
Effects of care experience to the attitude of active euthanasia among the Austrian population–a cross sectional study.
Pflege. 2015; 28(6): 339-345.
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Autor/innen der Med Uni Graz:
Großschädl Franziska
Meier Isabella Maria
Sohar Birgit
Stronegger Willibald

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Background: Attitudes towards active euthanasia by request of competent patients who are seriously or incurable ill people are common in public debates. There is still a lack of knowledge on how people with care experience differ in their attitudes towards active euthanasia from those without. Aim: The aim of this study is to find out if and how care experience has an effect on the attitude toward voluntary active euthanasia. Method: In spring 2014 a cross-sectional survey was conducted among the Austrian population by a self-developed questionnaire (on basis of a qualitative pilot study). An online-survey was distributed among persons aged 16 to 65 years and a postal survey among those aged 65 years and older (n = 725). Descriptive data was analysed with IBM SPSS Version 2.0. Ethical approval has been provided by the Medical University Graz. Results: 48 % of the respondents have experience with care, 8.6 % as physicians or nurses, 43.7 % as family caregiver and 50 % as not caring relatives. Multiple answers were possible. People with caring experience - as nurses or family caregiver - show a significantly lower approval of voluntary active euthanasia (p = 0.04). Conclusions: Care experiences have an impact on the attitude towards voluntary active euthanasia. Thus, experiences of caring should be better included in end-of-life debates.

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