Welcome to DIGNITAS, the Swiss self-determination, autonomy and dignity group. We are a not-for-profit member’s society which advocates, educates and supports for improving care and choice in life and at life's end. Our advisory concept of combining palliative care, suicide attempt prevention, advance directives and assisted dying offers a basis for decision-making to shape life until the end. Since 1998, we are the spearhead for the worldwide implementation of ‘the last human right’
There has been news on a study about people from abroad going to Switzerland for assisted dying, published in the British Journal of Medical Ethics. The five Swiss charities working for the human right to a life with dignity and a self-determined end of suffering have analysed this study. It has many omissions and errors and contains statements which are wrong, misleading and inflammatory. The study is not representative as the authors did not use all data in Switzerland and they only analysed the years 2008 - 2012. The allegation that the number of people going Switzerland has doubled, bases on a selected analysis. The findings of the study are misleading.
Quite often, the media spreads truncated, misleading, hyped and false information about assisted dying and DIGNITAS - To live with dignity - To die with dignity. For example, they make believe that a mentally and physically healthy person could pay money and then get 'euthanasia' in a 'clinic' in Switzerland.
Of course, this is complete nonsense.
In Switzerland, voluntary euthanasia is prohibited and a personal ending of suffering by accompanied suicide generally takes place at the own flat/house of the person - the way it should be around the world. Access to assisted dying in Switzerland is not a matter of money, but of paperwork, patience, determination and responsibility, of a competent adult.
Don’t buy and don’t believe such 'news', mainly spread by the tabloids. All that these 'news' companies intend is to increase their profit by selling more of their print / TV / online products and gain lucrative advertisement contracts.
See George Bernard Shaw, in "The Doctor’s Dilemma" (1906), act IV: " . . . for a newspaper, not having to act on its descriptions and reports, but only to sell them to idly curious people, has nothing but honor to lose by inaccuracy and unveracity . . .".
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Research gone astray
There has been news about a study about people from abroad going to Switzerland for assisted dying, published in the British Medical Journal of Ethics. The five Swiss charities working for the human right to a self-determined end of suffering and life have analysed this d “study”: it is full of errors and can hardly be called “scientific”. The “researchers” did not use all data in Switzerland (only a part of the region of Zürich) and they only analysed the years 2008-2012. The study is not representative and the allegation that the number of people going Switzerland have doubled is misleading. Besides, there are many omissions. The findings of the study are distorted and misleading. Details and comments can be found in the following file:
Comments on the study "Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon"
The British Journal of Medical Ethics has been contacted and informed about all the misleading information in the “study”. It is hard to understand how this respected journal could publish something of such poor quality.