Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 177–178 | Cite as

Between Palliative Care and Euthanasia

  • Tom MortierEmail author
  • René Leiva
  • Raphael Cohen-Almagor
  • Willem Lemmens
Letter to the Editor

In 2002, Belgium was the second country in the world to legalize euthanasia following the Netherlands. Since then, a few studies dealing with Belgium euthanasia practices have been published that are based on a survey given to a sample of physicians and nurses (Deliens et al. 2000; Bilsen et al. 2009; Smets et al. 2010). All these studies from the past decade have implicitly proposed the practice of euthanasia as a medical act. Moreover, the last article published in this journal argued that the Belgian experiment concerning medical end-of-life decisions is unique in the world and that the Belgian palliative care system, including euthanasia, should serve as a role-model for the rest of the world (Bernheim et al. 2014).

The Belgium law provides a definition for euthanasia which lacks the analytical precision to apply it to medical studies (Commission Fédérale de Contrôle et d’Évaluation de l’Euthanasie 2014). When analyzing the latest data provided by the Belgian Federal Euthanasia...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Mortier
    • 1
    Email author
  • René Leiva
    • 2
  • Raphael Cohen-Almagor
    • 3
  • Willem Lemmens
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Management and Technology, Faculty of Health and WelfareUniversity Colleges Leuven-LimburgLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.School of Politics, Philosophy and International StudiesUniversity of HullHullUK
  4. 4.Centre for EthicsUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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