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Attitudes regarding euthanasia among Wroclaw university students surveyed in 2011–2012

Anna Maria Choińska
,
Ludwika Sadowska
,
Bożena Bartosik
,
Ewa Gieysztor
,
Artur Polczyk
,
Henryk Filipowski
,
Iwona Demczyszak
,
Eleonora Mess

Online publish date: 2020/02/10
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Introduction
The research was conducted to measure the views held by students towards euthanasia.

Methods
The opinions were recorded by using a survey with 12 statements and 5-grade Likert scale responses. The research involved 376 students: 168 students of physiotherapy and 103 students of nursing and midwifery from the Wroclaw Medical University, and 105 pedagogy students from the University of Lower Silesia.

Results
Most respondents considered euthanasia (65%) as an act of killing. The majority of students (around 90% from both universities) believed that the subject of death should not be removed from everyday life and that human death differed from that of an animal. Moreover, 63% considered death sacred and related it with hope for eternal life, although women were more willing to take part in hospice work than men.

Conclusions
In Poland, medical and education studies help develop attitudes of life protection from start to finish. The students of nursing and midwifery and of physiotherapy presented greater respect for life than students of education.

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euthanasia, students’ opinion, hospice

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