How do you feel about euthanasia and assisted suicide?

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A QUT senior lecturer and pharmacist is seeking to map pharmacists’ attitudes towards euthanasia and assisted suicide

Tony Hall, from the School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, is conducting the study, commencing with a questionnaire which can be filled out here.

“I am looking for community pharmacists in Australia who would complete a 10-15 minute anonymous online questionnaire,” Mr Hall says.

“The questionnaire will collect information about basic demographics e.g. gender, years in practice as a pharmacist and experiences and opinions toward the provision of medications intended for physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.”

“As the Victorian and South Australian governments have recently initiated debate on legalising physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia it is clear that the pharmaceutical profession has not been involved in this debate,” he writes in the study proposal.

“This despite an overdose of pentobarbitone or secobarbitone being the mechanism of choice and the likelihood of the pharmacist as being involved at some stage in the supply of this medication.

“There is little research data on the attitudes of pharmacists to the use of medications in this arena.”

The study is being conducted under the auspices of QUT Human Research and Ethics Committee.

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