Views about Euthanasia and Dementia: Exploring Perceptions Utilising Evidence from the Mass Observation Archive
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis paper contributes to the ongoing discussion in the United Kingdom regarding euthanasia and assisted dying, using data specifically related to individuals with dementia. A qualitative approach was taken with data captured via a set of written questions in the form of a Mass Observation Archive Directive. The respondents, known as Observers, provided written responses; there was no limit to the length of the responses and the Observers were able to provide as much or as little detail as they chose. The data were analysed thematically utilising NVivo software. One-hundred and seven responses were received, representing a range of beliefs, and with opinions regarding euthanasia and dementia with pro, anti, and uncertain views being expressed. Five main themes emerged during our data analysis: capacity, legislation, agency and personal philosophies, disquietude, and incumbrance. Consistent with previous research capturing public views regarding euthanasia and assisted dying for people with dementia, the findings suggest policy makers may wish to consult the British public regarding legislation regarding euthanasia and dementia.
CitationBlain, J., Stevens, D., Taylor, L., Kingston, P., & Watts, G. (2023). Views about euthanasia and dementia: Exploring perceptions utilising evidence from the Mass Observation Archive. Healthcare, 11(18), 2552. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11182552
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