Neonatal euthanasia: Lessons from the Groningen Protocol

A. A. Eduard Verhagen*

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Decisions about neonatal end-of-life care have been studied intensely over the last 20 years in The Netherlands. Nationwide surveys were done to quantify these decisions, provide details and monitor the effect of guidelines, new regulations and other interventions. One of those interventions was the Groningen Protocol for newborn euthanasia in severely ill newborns, published in 2005. Before publication, an estimated 20 cases of euthanasia per year were performed. After publication, only two cases in five years were reported. Studies suggested that this might be partly caused by the lack of consensus about the dividing line between euthanasia and palliative care. New recommendations about paralytic medication use in dying newborns were issued to increase transparency and to improve reporting of euthanasia. New surveys will be needed to measure the effects of these interventions. This cycle of interventions and measurements seems useful for continuous improvement of end-of-life care in newborns.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)296-299
Aantal pagina's4
TijdschriftSeminars in fetal & neonatal medicine
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusPublished - okt.-2014

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