3 e-Letters

published between 2011 and 2014

  • Response to: Legalising Assisted Dying
    Alison Twycross

    I would like to thank Harriet Copperman for her response to my recent editorial. I would like to respond to some of the points she has raised. Harriet says that: We should have the option of an assisted death. For many, just having that option would be sufficient to cope with their death. But a small percentage of people would want to be able to end to their life when it became intolerable. Suicide is not illegal any more...

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  • Legalising Assisted Dying
    Harriet M Copperman OBE, SRN

    Dear Editor,

    I began practising palliative care in the community in the mid 1970's and retired nearly 25 years later, having been involved with the care of thousands of dying patients. We were evangelical in our attempts to teach and spread the 'gospel of palliative care' to professionals, students and lay people, in the UK and around the world. We thought it was the answer to enabling people to have a good death....

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  • Nurses can help improve secondary cardiovascular prevention
    Helene R. Voogdt-Pruis

    Koelewijn-van Loon commented on our study, a pragmatic randomised trial of the clinical effectiveness of nurses as substitutes for GPs in cardiovascular risk management. In our study, we found a greater decrease in the mean value of risk factors in the practice nurse group than in the GP group, but after confounders and baseline risk factors were controlled for, a statistically significant decrease was found only for tot...

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