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BMA begins large research project into end of life care

Author: Tom Moran
10 April 2015

The BMA has invited a random selection of doctors, medical students and members of the public to attend 21 events throughout the UK as it explores the future of end of life care.

The sessions, which begin in May, will explore the practical and ethical issues surrounding end of life care and will also cover physician-assisted dying.

Specific areas of discussion will include:

  • perceptions of the quality, availability, and accessibility of end of life care in the UK
  • the assessment of mental capacity and the accuracy of prognosis in terminal stages of life
  • views on the potential impact of physician-assisted dying on the doctor-patient relationship and how dying patients are cared for.

The BMA has maintained stringent opposition to physician-assisted dying and believes that all patients should have access to high-quality end of life care. It is not anticipated that these events will change BMA policy on these issues but they are intended to examine what informs the views held by doctors, medical students and the public.

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, explained that the aim of the project is “to compile the most comprehensive body of qualitative research into both end of life care and physician-assisted dying that will not only inform the BMA’s future discussions but will play a significant part in the ongoing public debate.”

Read more on the BMA website.

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