Abstract : The number of dementia patients requesting euthanasia in the Netherlands has increased over the past five years. The issue is highly controversial. In this contribution we discuss some of the main arguments: the nature of suffering, the voluntariness of the request and the role of the physician. We argue that society has a duty to care for patients who suffer from dementia and to make their lives as good and comfortable as possible. We also argue that it can be morally acceptable for those who do not want to continue their life with dementia to choose to die. The choice can be based on good reasons.

, , , ,
doi.org/10.1007/s00415-016-8095-2, hdl.handle.net/1765/82476
Journal of Neurology: official journal of the European Neurological Society
Department of Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine

de Beaufort, I.D, & van de Vathorst, S. (2016). Dementia and assisted suicide and euthanasia. Journal of Neurology: official journal of the European Neurological Society, 263(7), 1463–1467. doi:10.1007/s00415-016-8095-2