|ASSESSING PATIENTS VIEWS ON DEATH|
true -or-false questionnaire could help reveal how dying patients view death
and their end -of-life care, according to a report in cancer.
While it is intended more as a tool to aid research in dying patients, the questionnaire -- called the Schedule of Attitudes toward Hastened Death (SAHD) --could also serve as a measurement of a patients desire to die, according to researchers.
The questions could allow doctors with terminally ill patients to find out things they may be less tha comfortable asking -- from how they feel about their care to whether they have suicidal
thoughts, Dr. Barry Rosenfeld said.
the ongoing debate over physician-assisted suicide, the questionnaire may also shed light
on exactly what factors may prompt patients to request help in hastening death.