Terminally ill cancer patients' wish to hasten death

Kelly, B, Burnett, P, Pelusi, D, Badger, S, Varghese, F and Robertson, M (2002) Terminally ill cancer patients' wish to hasten death. Palliative Medicine, 16 1: 339-345. doi:10.1191/0269216302pm538oa

Author Kelly, B
Burnett, P
Pelusi, D
Badger, S
Varghese, F
Robertson, M
Title Terminally ill cancer patients' wish to hasten death
Journal name Palliative Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-2163
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1191/0269216302pm538oa
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 339
End page 345
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Arnold
Language eng
Subject C1
730211 Mental health
321021 Psychiatry
Abstract This exploratory study investigated factors associated with the wish to hasten death among a sample of terminally ill cancer patients. Semi-structured interviews conducted on a total of 72 hospice and home palliative care patients were subjected to qualitative analysis using QSR-NUDIST. The main themes to emerge suggested that patients with a high wish to hasten death had greater concerns with physical symptoms and psychological suffering, perceived themselves to be more of a burden to others, and experienced higher levels of demoralization, while also reporting less confidence in symptom control, fewer social supports, less satisfaction with life experiences and fewer religious beliefs when compared with patients who had a moderate or no wish to hasten death. The implications of these findings will be discussed.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine, General & Internal
Cancer Patients
Palliative Care
Qualitative Data
Physician-assisted Suicide
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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