MOJTABA SENMAR, FATEME YOUSEFI, RAZIE ALIPOUR, NOOSHIN ELIKAEI, MINA KESHAVARZ AMANDI, HOSSEIN RAFIEI
Background and Aim: Euthanasia is an important issue in human ethic that medical students may be confronted with this in their clinical courses. Study about attitude of medical students about euthanasia in Iran is very limited. In present study, we examined attitude of Iranian medical student about euthanasia. Methods: Study performed in Qazvin, Iran after obtaining ethic code from medical ethic committee of Qazvin University of medical science. For this study, all medical students who were studying in Qazvin University of medical science in time of study performing invited. Data were collected with using a self-designed demographics characteristics check list and Euthanasia Attitude Scale. Data analysis performed by using SPSS software. P value under 0.05 considered significant in data analysis. Results: Totally 141 students completed questionnaires. Female students in our study were majority (69.5%). Mean age of students in present study were 20.8±1.76 years. The student’s total score on the Euthanasia Attitude Scale were 59.1±6.1. The student’s mean score on the ethical consideration, practical consideration, treasuring life and naturalistic beliefs categories were 31.4±4.4, 7.7±1.9, 13.8±1.9 and 5.9±1.3 respectively. We note found and significant relationship and correlation between total score on the Euthanasia Attitude Scale and participants demographics characteristics. Conclusion: Majority of participant in our study have neutral attitude towards euthanasia. It seems that we need to further study in this regards.