What do doctors do when faced with patients who are dying?
A just released article in the New Zealand Medical journal is exploring what actions GPs take in end of life medical care. It found a small number of doctors give patients drugs with the express purpose of ending their lives. Many others gave drugs or modified treatment knowing it could increase the likelihood of death. The author of the survey, Dr Phillipa Malpas, is a researcher at Auckland University's school of medicine. She is also a member of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society and a strong advocate for the legalisation of physician assisted dying.