“Early death: what’s missing?” This is the motto for the opinion article of Miguel Ricou, a CINTESIS researcher and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, published in the Jornal de Notícias.
The psychologist and researcher in the field of Bioethics draws attention to the need of evaluating requests for euthanasia to understand whether they correspond to the real will of those who make them.
“This assessment is, in fact, extremely difficult, but fundamental to reduce the possibility of misjudging someone’s request to die, especially when it is known that the reversibility of the desire to die is very likely to occur,” he writes.
The official, who is also a researcher at the Wish to Die Platform, also mentions that “science, namely psychology, occupies a central space in defining the best way to reduce errors in a process that is so difficult for all those involved”.
The full article can be read in the online edition of the JN.