Relatives’ Experiences in Assisted Suicide Decision-making: Overview of the Literature with Specific Focus on the Swiss Experience

  • Claudia GamondiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Deutsches, Europäisches und Internationales Medizinrecht, Gesundheitsrecht und Bioethik der Universitäten Heidelberg und Mannheim book series (IMGB, volume 46)


Switzerland is the only country in the world where assisted suicide (AS) is performed without a specific legislation, within the law, mostly without medical participation. Assisted suicide involves enabling the patient to obtain a lethal substance, which the person wishing to commit suicide then takes without any external assistance. In Switzerland, active euthanasia is against the law, but if certain conditions are met, AS is not prosecuted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Palliative CareOncology Institute of Southern SwitzerlandBellinzonaSwitzerland

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