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Research Article

What Lies behind the Wish to Hasten Death? A Systematic Review and Meta-Ethnography from the Perspective of Patients

  • Cristina Monforte-Royo,

    Affiliations: Medicine and Health Sciences School, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, Centre de Recerca i Estudis Bioètics (CREB), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Christian Villavicencio-Chávez,

    Affiliations: Institut Català d'Oncologia, Barcelona, Spain, Centre de Recerca i Estudis Bioètics (CREB), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Joaquin Tomás-Sábado,

    Affiliation: Gimbernat School of Nursing, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Vinita Mahtani-Chugani,

    Affiliations: Research Unit, Hospital Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and Primary Health Care, Tenerife, Spain, National Network for Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, CIBERESP, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Albert Balaguer mail

    abalaguer@csc.uic.es

    Affiliations: Medicine and Health Sciences School, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, Centre de Recerca i Estudis Bioètics (CREB), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Published: May 14, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037117

About the Authors

Cristina Monforte-Royo, Albert Balaguer
Medicine and Health Sciences School, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Christian Villavicencio-Chávez
Institut Català d'Oncologia, Barcelona, Spain
Joaquin Tomás-Sábado
Gimbernat School of Nursing, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Vinita Mahtani-Chugani
Research Unit, Hospital Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and Primary Health Care, Tenerife, Spain
Vinita Mahtani-Chugani
National Network for Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, CIBERESP, Barcelona, Spain
Cristina Monforte-Royo, Christian Villavicencio-Chávez, Albert Balaguer
Centre de Recerca i Estudis Bioètics (CREB), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Corresponding Author

Email: abalaguer@csc.uic.es

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: CM AB VM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: CM AB JT VM CV. Wrote the paper: CM AB JT VM CV. Conceived and designed the study: CM AB. Performed the systematic search and study selection: CM AB. Quality Assessment: CM AB. Applied synthesis method: CM AB.