Dutch researchers, headed by Roeline Pasman, from the VUmc Amsterdam, have looked into the concept of unbearable suffering in the context of ungranted requests for euthanasia. The objective was to obtain in-depth information about the views of both doctors and patients on suffering in ungranted or not performed euthanasia requests. Physicians seem to have a narrower perspective than patients.
The research concluded that ….in an attempt to solve the problem of different perspectives, physicians should take into account the different aspects of suffering as described in the literature and a framework for assessing the suffering of patienst who ask for euthanasia. This interesting article can be read here.