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Table 1 Definition of terms

From: When is hastened death considered suicide? A systematically conducted literature review about palliative care professionals’ experiences where assisted dying is legal

Assisted suicide Someone makes the means of death available but does not act as the direct agent of death
Euthanasia A medical professional administers a lethal dose of medication to intentionally end a patient’s life
Hastened death Someone who acts on their desire to control the circumstances of their death with or without assistance from another individual
Physician assisted suicide A medical provider writes a prescription for a lethal dose of a drug to be self-administered by a competent, terminally ill patient
Suicide Self-caused death