Euthanasia education for health professionals in Turkey: students change their opinions

Ozkara E., Civaner M., Oglak S., Mayda A.

NURSING ETHICS, vol.11, no.3, pp.290-297, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1191/0969733004ne.696oa
  • Journal Name: NURSING ETHICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.290-297
  • Keywords: education, euthanasia, health sciences students, paramedics, VOLUNTARY ACTIVE EUTHANASIA, PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE, MEDICAL-STUDENTS, ATTITUDES
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of euthanasia education on the opinions of health sciences students. It was performed among 111 final year students at the College of Health Sciences, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey. These students train to become paramedical professionals and health technicians. Fifteen hours of educational training concerning ethical values and euthanasia was planned and the students' opinions about euthanasia were sought before and after the course. Statistical analyses of the data were performed with the related samples t-test by means of the Epi-Info program. Significant changes were shown in the students' opinions on people's right to decide about their own life, euthanasia in unconscious patients, and reasons for their objection to euthanasia after completing the course. The results of this study suggest that education can significantly change a person's approach to euthanasia.