Contrast the terms terminal sedation , rational suicide, and physician-assisted suicide.
The contentious debate and confusion have been witnessed with regards to the administration of euthanasia.
Physician-assisted suicide can be defined as the provision of help by a doctor to a competent patient who has formed a desire to end his or her life (Walton, 1995) . In this situation, the physician provides the necessary knowledge and means like equipment and drugs but the act is often completed by the patient.
Terminal sedation on the other hand pertains to the combination with the termination of of some nonpalliative medical treatment. It is only through this combination that terminal sedation become a form of euthanasia.
Rationale suicide has been defined as occurring when a person is able to reason, possess sufficient information, have a realistic worldview, and act to end their own life according to their own essential interests.