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2013 Annual report Dutch Review Committee on euthanasia

The Dutch Review Committee published its 2013 Annual Report. The total number of reported cases increased to 4829 (in 2012 this was 4188). In the schemes presented below one can see that the increase occurred in all categories, and more or less in the same proportion. Only special mention must be made of the increase in situations of beginning dementia (42 -> 97) and psychiatric diagnoses (14 -> 42). The Committee signals that “there is an apparent increasing  readiness amongst physicians to comply with requests in general and those in case of dementia and psychiatry in particular. It remains difficult to find an unambiguous  explanation for this increase in numbers of reported cases (RJ: scientific data shows that >85% of euthanasia and physician assisted suicides are reported) , doubling from 2008 (2331) to 2013 (4821)”. An earlier survey into this increasing figures two years ago, performed together with Erasmus MC University Rotterdam could not put a finger on the causes.

Only 5 cases (0,1%) were reported as ‘not careful’ to the authorities. All five concerned procedural safeguards.

Below the data of 2013 (compared with 2012):

 

2012

2013

GP

3777

4281

Specialist

171

213

Elderly Care specialist

166

193

Other (incl. Life End Clinic)

74

129

 

 

2012

 

2013

 

 

n

%

n

%

Total reported 2012

4188

100,0

4829

100

Cancer

3251

77, 8

3588

74,3

Cardio vascular

158

3,7

223

4,6

Nervous system

257

6,1

294

6,0

Pulmonary disease (COPD)

152

3,6

174

3,6

Dementia

42

1,0

97

2,0

Psychiatry

14

0,3

42

0,8

other

144

3,4

160

3,3

Combination of diagnoses

172

4,1

251

5,1

 

 

 2012

2013

In hospital

194

240

In nursing home

139

160

In elderly home

206

268

In hospice

250

295

Elsewhere

64

66


The report – in Dutch only (translated summaries will hopefully soon be published) – can be read here.

 

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