VSED - voluntarily stopping eating and drinking

Voluntarily stopping of eating and drinking is a way to end one's life and can be compared with refusing a treatment. Generally, patients are allowed to make this decision themselves, but the physician usually only assists the patient when he or she is mentally competent and has a sustainable desire for death.1 The physician can assist the patient by providing information, by preparing the patient and by guiding the patient through the dying process.


1. KNMG en V&VN, Zorg voor mensen die besut afzien van eten en drinken om het levenseinde te bespoedigen, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Maatschappij tot bevordering van de Geneeskunst, Utrecht 2014.

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