Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Austrian Med Students Acceptance Of Euthanasia Increases Significantly

A recent issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics has this report from Austria, where, among medical students, acceptance of euthanasia as a legit medical practice has jumped. Why? Well, as acceptance of assisted sucide and euthanasia sweeps across Europe, medical students are no different than anyone else in falling prey to the pro-deather spin.
Changing attitudes towards euthanasia among medical students in Austria
Background In most European countries the attitudes regarding the acceptability of active euthanasia have clearly changed in the population since World War II. Therefore, it is interesting to know which trends in attitudes prevail among the physicians of the future.
Methods The present study analyses trends in the attitudes towards active euthanasia in medical students at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. The survey was conducted over a period of 9 years, enabling us to investigate trends regarding both attitudes and underlying motives.
Results Acceptance of active euthanasia increased from 16.3% to 29.1% to 49.5% in the periods from 2001 to 2003/04 to 2008/09. more

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