In palliative care, a hastened death is when a person who has a life limiting illness has the wish, desire, or intentionally seeks to end their life prematurely. We are proposing that hastened death includes, but is not exclusive of, lawful assisted dying where an individual who meets a specific criterion can be prescribed or administered medications to end their life.
Voluntary assisted dying in the Australian state of Victoria: an overview of challenges for clinical implementation
Patients’ views on end-of-life practices that hasten death: a qualitative study exploring ethical distinctions
The series “Hastened Death” was commissioned by the editorial office, Annals of Palliative Medicine without any sponsorship or funding. Nancy J. Preston and Sheri Mila Gerson are serving as the unpaid Guest Editors for the series.