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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking in Swiss outpatient care
Authors: Stängle, Sabrina
Schnepp, Wilfried
Büche, Daniel
Fringer, André
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000249
Published in: GeroPsych
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Hogrefe
ISSN: 1662-9647
Language: English
Subjects: Ambulatory care; Decision making; Frequency; Palliative care; Professional attitude; Refusal of food and liquid; Survey and questionnaire; Terminal care; Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking
Subject (DDC): 610.73: Nursing
Abstract: Besides physician-assisted suicide, there is another end-of-life practice under discussion: voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED). In this study, we assess the occurrence of VSED in outpatient care and evaluate nurses’ attitudes about it. We recruited 395 nurses (24% response rate) in our online survey. The occurrence of VSED in Switzerland lies at 0.5%. Most nurses (84.6%) were aware of VSED, and 39.5% had experienced it with patients. VSED was mostly (70.3%) regarded as a natural death, and nearly all (95.1%) were willing to care for these patients; however, about one-quarter (26.5%) expressed moral concerns. Our results show that VSED occurs in rare cases, and that nurses are willing to accompany patients during this VSED, but express moral concerns.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Nursing (IPF)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED) in Switzerland from different points of view
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