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Table 1 Dutch criteria of due care for euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act, 2002)

From: Opinions about euthanasia and advanced dementia: a qualitative study among Dutch physicians and members of the general public

Nr Criterium of due care
1 The physician must be convinced that the patient’s request is voluntary and well-considered
2 The physician must be convinced that the patient’s suffering is unbearable and without prospect of relief
3 The patient must be informed about his/her situation and prospects
4 The physician and the patient together must be convinced that there is no reasonable alternative solution for the situation
5 At least one other independent physician must be consulted
6 The ending of life must be performed in a professionally careful way