Non-Religious Doctors are Twice as Likely to Hasten the Death of Terminally Ill Patients

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Nonreligious doctors were nearly twice as likely to report having made decisions like providing continuous deep sedation.

Doctors who are atheist or agnostic are twice as likely to make decisions that could end the lives of their terminally ill patients, compared to doctors who are very religious, according to a new study in Britain. Dr. Clive Seale, a professor at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, conducted a random mail survey of more than 3,700 doctors across Britain, of whom 2,923 reported on how they took care of their last terminal patient.

 

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