The culture of death and dying
The Commission has repeatedly addressed end-of-life issues, notably in its Opinions on assisted suicide (2005), on duty-of-care criteria for the management of assisted suicide (2006) and on advance directives with particular reference to dementia (2011).
Difficult, ethically controversial end-of-life decisions remain the subject of social policy debates - not only assisted suicide, but also the questions of appropriate limitation of treatment and use of palliative sedation, as well as the establishment of palliative care and advance care planning in Switzerland.
The Commission continues to work on ethical issues relating to end-of-life decisions. In particular, it is closely following the results of end-of-life research, developments in the areas of palliative care and clinical practice, and the associated public debates. The Commission is currently preparing an Opinion on the culture of death and dying.
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