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The opinions about euthanasia among students in elderly care department of vocational school of health services at Bingol University

Aliye BULUT.


This study was conducted in order to collect information about the current knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of the students, studying in the elderly care department of Vocational School of Health Services in Bingöl University, about euthanasia and determine the related problems if any. The population of this descriptive study consisted of students studying in Elderly Care department of Bingöl University, Vocational School of Health Services. The data collection tool used in the study was the Questionnaire developed by the researcher based on the literature information. The Questionnaire involves 33 questions. It was determined that 75.2% of the participants thought that their knowledge about euthanasia was sufficient, 20.5% did not consider that their knowledge level was enough. While 85.5% of the participants never encountered euthanasia request in their professional life, 5.1% encountered several times. In accordance with the obtained results, it is recommended to discuss euthanasia by being considerably involved in elderly care curriculum and conduct qualitative studies about euthanasia.

Key words: Euthanasia, opinions on euthanasia, elderly care students

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