Knowledge, Opinions and Behaviors of Senior Nursing Students in Turkey Regarding Euthanasia and Factors in Islam Affecting These

  • Julide Gulizar YildirimEmail author
Original Paper


The descriptive study was conducted to investigate the knowledge, opinions, behaviors of senior nursing students regarding euthanasia and factors in Islam influencing these. Almost all students (97.7%) knew about euthanasia. Their knowledge, opinions and behaviors were affected by their beliefs about death, religious beliefs and the idea of being subject to euthanasia themselves. Religion influenced whether they wanted euthanasia to be legalized or would carry it out secretly. Students who would be willing for their relatives to undergo euthanasia would not want to participate in this. Knowledge about the concept of euthanasia should be increased and the subject further investigated in many dimensions.


Euthanasia Bioethical issues Suicide Death Nursing students Muslims 



I wish to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of the students who participated in this study.


The trial was not funded by any institution or organization.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The author declared no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

In order to carry out the study, written permission was received from the Institutional Review Board for Non-Interventional Clinical Studies (IRB No:10. Informed verbal consent was obtained from the students.

Human Subjects Approval

Study design, data collection, data analysis and manuscript preparation were implemented by JGY.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Health SciencesIzmir Katip Celebi UniversityIzmirTurkey

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