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Medical assistance in dying and older persons in Belgium : trends, emerging issues and challenges

(2021) AGE AND AGEING. 50(1). p.68-71
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In 2002, the Belgian Act on euthanasia came into effect, regulating the intentional ending of life by a physician at the patient’s explicit request. Subsequently, the number of reported euthanasia deaths increased every year. Specifically, the proportion of euthanasia deaths in older persons has risen significantly in the last few years. Since the conception of the Euthanasia Act, Belgian physicians have been confronted with challenges concerning euthanasia requests in older persons with polypathology, tiredness of life or dementia. By exploring these issues, this commentary highlights the importance of a meticulous and team-based assessment of the (i) seriousness of the underlying condition, (ii) voluntariness of the request and (iii) decisional capacity of the older person requesting euthanasia.
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Ageing, Geriatrics and Gerontology, General Medicine, EUTHANASIA, PEOPLE, LIFE, DEMENTIA, WISH, END, NETHERLANDS, SUICIDE, REQUEST, DIE, Belgium, challenges, euthanasia, older people

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Van Den Noortgate, Nele, and Liesbeth Van Humbeeck. “Medical Assistance in Dying and Older Persons in Belgium : Trends, Emerging Issues and Challenges.” AGE AND AGEING, vol. 50, no. 1, 2021, pp. 68–71, doi:10.1093/ageing/afaa116.
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Van Den Noortgate, N., & Van Humbeeck, L. (2021). Medical assistance in dying and older persons in Belgium : trends, emerging issues and challenges. AGE AND AGEING. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa116
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Van Den Noortgate, Nele, and Liesbeth Van Humbeeck. 2021. “Medical Assistance in Dying and Older Persons in Belgium : Trends, Emerging Issues and Challenges.” AGE AND AGEING. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa116.
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Van Den Noortgate, Nele, and Liesbeth Van Humbeeck. 2021. “Medical Assistance in Dying and Older Persons in Belgium : Trends, Emerging Issues and Challenges.” AGE AND AGEING. doi:10.1093/ageing/afaa116.
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Van Den Noortgate N, Van Humbeeck L. Medical assistance in dying and older persons in Belgium : trends, emerging issues and challenges. Vol. 50, AGE AND AGEING. 2021. p. 68–71.
IEEE
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N. Van Den Noortgate and L. Van Humbeeck, “Medical assistance in dying and older persons in Belgium : trends, emerging issues and challenges,” AGE AND AGEING, vol. 50, no. 1. pp. 68–71, 2021.
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  series       = {{AGE AND AGEING}},
  title        = {{Medical assistance in dying and older persons in Belgium : trends, emerging issues and challenges}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa116}},
  volume       = {{50}},
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