The purpose of this paper is to explore attitudes towards euthanasia among Ugandan adults.
This is an important study because data were recently collected in 2010. The sample consists of 80 participants above age 18 who responded to an interview schedule exploring attitudes towards euthanasia. A qualitative approach was utilized to analyze the findings.
Unique to this study is the fact that almost all participants (96 percent) perceived euthanasia as murder. Religious beliefs, hope for recovery, potential for new medical technologies, health care costs, quality of life, and the right to die are some of the themes that influenced attitudes towards euthanasia. Religious and cultural beliefs appear to be the major influential factors for euthanasia attitudes in this study.
Generated information may assist in formulating end of life policies as well as addressing related ethical issues in low income nations. Currently, information on attitudes towards euthanasia in sub‐Sahara African countries is scarce in the literature. The paper's findings may increase knowledge in this area.
Kalanzi, D. (2013), "The controversy over euthanasia in Uganda: a case of the Baganda", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 33 No. 3/4, pp. 203-217. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443331311308249Download as .RIS
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