There are many definitions of euthanasia, such as 'a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable suffering'.
Euthanasia is not allowing nature to take its course or the stopping of treatment when the burdens outweigh the benefits.
Euthanasia does not mean palliative care, nor is it part of palliative care or hospice treatment.
As the law stands at present, you cannot request euthanasia through your Advance Decision (see section Advance Decisions and Thoughts on suicide and euthanasia).
Last reviewed August 2014.
Last updated August 2014.