Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2016, vol. 22, issue 4
Subject Area: Medicine
Pages: 1344-1347
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2016224.1344
Published online: 07 October 2016

J of IMAB 2016 Oct-Dec;22(3):1344-1347
Paraskeva Mancheva1 Corresponding Autor, Albena Kerekovska2, Gergana Nenova1,
1) Training and research sector of Rehabilitation, Medical Collеge - Varna, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria
2) Department of social medicine and health care organisation, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria.

Aim: to study the legal awareness of the disabled and to solve the "for" or "against" euthanasia issue
Material and methods: The study includes 305 polymorbid disabled people and is certificated by the General territorial Expert Medical Commission (LEDC) at University Hospital "St. Marina " Varna for the period October-December 2011. The study uses sociological method - direct and group inquiry and statistical methods: analysis (χ2), analysis of variance, correlation analysis (r), regression analysis (β). The processing of the results was performed by SPSS v.17.0 for Windows.
Results:  The study of the legal awareness of euthanasia revealed a need for more information among polymorbid disabled people. There is a discrepancy between their more positive, supportive attitude (acceptance of euthanasia) and lack of willingness to actually conduct. The reasons for this can be found in the sporadic public discussions on the debate on euthanasia and in the increased distrust of the health care system. Respondents believe that euthanasia at this stage cannot be imputed as an obligation for the Bulgarian medics.
Conclusion: The legal public awareness issue is essential to protect the rights of the citizens, for the realization of those activities that require strict compliance with the Constitution, laws and regulations. The legal awareness study of the disabled for solution of the "for" or "against" euthanasia issue presents an opportunity to discuss a way out of a hopeless situation for patients in terminal condition.

Key words: disability, euthanasia, legal consciousness, awareness,

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Please cite this article in PubMed Style or AMA (American Medical Association) Style:
Mancheva P, Kerekovska A, Nenova G. THE DILEMMA "FOR" AND "AGAINST" EUTHANASIA AND LEGAL AWARENESS OF THE DISABLED. J of IMAB. 2016 Oct-Dec;22(4):1344-1347.
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2016224.1344.

Correspondence to: Assoc. Prof. Dr Paraskeva Mancheva, MD, PhD, Medical University of Varna; 55, Marin Drinov Str., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 18 July 2016
Published online: 07 October 2016

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