Continuous sedation to hasten death

Is continuous sedation until death (CSD) used by physicians to hasten death in the terminally ill? Physicians in Belgium reported their most recent patient treated with CSD. Of the 660 asked, 378 responded with 42% reporting a case of CSD. Of that CSD group, 62% indicated no life-shortening measures were pursued, however 37% reported they were seeking life-shortening. In that 37%, patients had longer life expectancy, were more competent and clearly longed for death with more frequent requests for euthanasia. (Free abstract only.)

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