Some correlates of suffering (such as low income) indicate the need for a broad medical, societal and political debate on how to reduce the burden of financial and socioeconomic difficulties and inequalities in order to reduce patients' desire for euthanasia.
It is ironic that a clinic that supposedly carries out "end of life care" has such a high mortality figure.
Nine of the 26 presenting with letters dies by euthanasia.
In other words it is a suffering that has no meaning for that person. The humanization of suffering is about restoring meaning to suffering, not annihilating the person (4).
Third, adding euthanasia to the therapeutic repertoire of psychiatry is in truth an alteration of psychiatry and not an advancement of science.
In the rest of the world (except the countries mentioned who euthanize) criminal proceedings would be instigated against such "clinics." To embed euthanasia or physician assisted suicide into the medical world as a standard "regulated" and supervised procedure is to undermine the doctor patient relationship.
Doctors and patients would now think of cosmetic death as a definite option and societal pressure would torment dependent elderly or disabled into requesting it "because the doctor says its the right thing to do (the doctor is not offering hope or any other form of treatment) and "it would take the burden of my relatives." These are very vulnerable and easily manipulated people that need our protection and advocacy.Contact us if you experience any difficulty logging in.The concept of ‘unbearable suffering’ is central to legislation governing whether euthanasia requests may be granted, but remains insufficiently understood, especially in relation to psychiatric patients.To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies.If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies.It is also the moment to test the limits of character and affective maturity.This is not to say that suffering is always welcome.The lengthy process of applying for euthanasia was a cause of suffering and added to experienced hopelessness, whereas encountering physicians who took requests seriously could offer new perspectives on treatment.The development of measurement instruments to assess the nature and extent of suffering as experienced by psychiatric patients could help both patients and physicians to better navigate the complicated and sensitive process of evaluating requests in a humane and competent way.Indeed many of the greatest figures in history are admired precisely for having suffered for a cause.On the other hand, suffering is unbearable when a person is unable to rationalise the suffering.