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In Flanders fields the poppies grow

Only some 15% of euthanasia deaths in the semi-autonomous region of Flanders, in Belgium, are actually recorded as such, according to research published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.

The research covers the period January to June 2013 – so the data may be wildly outdated.

According to researchers from the End-of-Life Care Research Group at the Free University of Brussels, “death certificates substantially underestimate the frequency of euthanasia as a cause of death in Belgium and are therefore an unreliable tool for monitoring its practice.”

Picture source: Tijl Vercaemer