Most Canadian doctors unwilling to partake in physician-assisted suicide if legalized, survey suggests

Calgary Herald

 Sharon Kirkey

Just 26 per cent of doctors surveyed by the Canadian Medical Association said they would be “very or somewhat likely” to participate in doctor-assisted dying.

Only one quarter of the nation’s doctors would be willing to help terminally ill patients end their lives if the practice of doctor-assisted suicide were legalized in this country, a survey by Canada’s biggest doctors’ group suggests.

Just 26 per cent of doctors surveyed by the Canadian Medical Association said they would be “very or somewhat likely” to participate in doctor-assisted dying, while 54 per cent were “very or somewhat unlikely” to do so, according to a summary of the survey posted on the CMA’s website. [ Full text]

One thought on “Most Canadian doctors unwilling to partake in physician-assisted suicide if legalized, survey suggests

  1. The survey findings suggest that legalization of euthanasia or assisted suicide would likely lead to conflicts of conscience within the medical profession, with ramifications for other health care workers who object to the procedures.

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