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Medico-Legal Update
Year : 2019, Volume : 19, Issue : 1
First page : ( 56) Last page : ( 60)
Print ISSN : 0971-720X. Online ISSN : 0974-1283.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-1283.2019.00012.4

Does Knowledge and Attitude is Needed Regarding Euthanasia in Clinical Course? A Narrative Review Based on an Available Literature

Husain Mohd. Arif1,*, Mohammad Ishak2, Nageshwar V3, Sridhar K M K4

1MSc. Nsg 2nd year, Teerthanker Mahaveer College of Nursing, TMU, Moradabad, U.P.

2Associate Professor, Teerthanker Mahaveer College of Nursing, TMU, Moradabad, U.P.

3Assistent Professor, Teerthanker Mahaveer College of Nursing, TMU, Moradabad, U.P.

4PG Tutor, Teerthanker Mahaveer College of Nursing, TMU, Moradabad, U.P.

*Corresponding Author: Mohd. Arif Husain MSc. Nursing 2nd year Teerthanaker Mahaveer College of Nuraing, TMU, Moradabad, U.P. Mobile: 9457190257, Email: mohdarifhusain104@gmail.com

Online published on 28 February, 2019.



Euthanasia is one of the commonest morally controversial issues in the end of life care[4]. It is very important to examine the knowledge and attitude of nursing students because they have an important role to encounter the situations related to euthanasia during clinical courses.


Articles concordant systematically from published literature & journal articles from PubMed & EBSCO. Search was specific to database by using synonyms. Initial search retrieved 19, 464 titles then articles screened as per inclusion and exclusion criteria. 10 articles were selected which is clearly selected as per inclusion criteria.


Out of 10 articles, 7 articles showed that there is a need to improve in knowledge and attitude among health care personnels, 3 studies showed that participants are strongly interested to practice euthanasia but no correlation with physician assisted suicide.


Enhancing and improvise the knowledge and attitude regarding euthanasia is necessary to participate in continuing educational programme because health care personnel plays an important role to fulfill patient's needs and care. They are expected to develop insight & implement into a practice.



Attitude, Euthanasia, Knowledge, Nursing Students, Physician Assisted Suicide.


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