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Table 2 aims and tasks of LEIF and SCEN

From: Establishing specialized health services for professional consultation in euthanasia: experiences in the Netherlands and Belgium

Tasks LEIF SCEN
Tasks * Provide information and support about euthanasia to
physicians, patients and the wider public*
* Provide information and support about euthanasia to
physicians, †
* Provide consultation to physicians in euthanasia
requests †
  * Provide consultation to physicians in euthanasia requests *
* Provide consultation to physicians in other end-of-life decisions*
 
  Based on the law, when doing a consultation in a euthanasia request, the LEIF physicians has to ‡:
* read the medical file
* examine the patient
* ascertain that the physical or psychological suffering is persistent and unbearable and cannot be relieved
* make a written report of the findings
Based on the law, when doing a consultation in a euthanasia request, the SCEN physician has to §
* see the patient
* be convinced that the request is voluntary and well-considered
* be convinced that the suffering is hopeless and unbearable
* inform the patient about his/her situation and prospects
* be convinced that there is no reasonable other solution
* make a written report on their judgment of the due care criteria
  1. * Source: interview with the director and training moderator of LEIF
  2. † source: http://knmg.artsennet.nl
  3. ‡ Source: Law concerning euthanasia May 28 Wet betreffende euthanasie, 28 mei 2002. Belgisch Staatsblad 2002 juni 2002 [Belgian official collection of the laws June 22 2002] 2002, 2002009590
  4. §Source: Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act April 1 Wet toetsing levensbeeindiging op verzoek en hulp bij zelfdoding 1 april, 2002.