passive euthanasia


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passive euthanasia

a mode of ending life in which a physician is given an option not to prescribe futile treatments for the hopelessly ill patient.
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pas·sive eu·tha·na·si·a

(pasiv yū'thă-nāzē-ă)
Mode of ending life in which a physician is given an option not to prescribe futile treatments for the hopelessly ill patient.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

passive euthanasia

A form of euthanasia in which medical treatment that could keep a dying patient alive for a time is withdrawn.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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Journalists covering the issue generally had nagging doubts about whether the distinction was grasped--California permits passive euthanasia techniques already--and even, in many ways, if it was intended to remain obscure to serve the interests of the ideological sponsorship of some of the surveys.
Passive euthanasia on the other hand is when the patient is allowed to die by withdrawal of all medical treatment even normal food and water.
Passive euthanasia is a condition where there is withdrawal of medical treatment with the deliberate intention to hasten the death of a terminallyill patient.
New Delhi: India's Supreme Court has given conditional approval for passive euthanasia.
In active euthanasia, a specific overt act is performed to end the patient's life whereas in passive euthanasia, something is not done that would be necessary to preserve a patient's life, the panel noted.
" Based on the recommendations of the Law Commission, and after examination of the draft Bill in Health Ministry, we are contemplating to enact a law on passive euthanasia," said Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services ( DGHS).
(47) James Rachels, "Active and Passive Euthanasia," New England journal of Medicine 292 (1975): 78-80, and End of Life; Swann, "Euthanasia on the Battlefield," 546-8.
There is, however, evidence that assisted suicide or passive euthanasia frequently occur in Turkey (e.g., Hurriyet Daily News, 2010).
[2] The term passive euthanasia includes withholding extreme medical measures or removing life support in the presence of futile or non-beneficial treatment.
The incident has reignited the euthanasia debate in France where it is illegal for doctors to deliberately withhold treatment that would prolong life (passive euthanasia) or administer drugs that would end a patient's life (active euthanasia).
No differences were found for passive euthanasia. Counseling student religiosity and clinical experience were significant predictors of support for client autonomy, with more religiosity and less clinical experience related to less support for the client's right to make this decision about ending life.
"The dynamics of state-religion issues on the agenda in Israel: the case of the right to die with dignity (passive euthanasia)".

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