The question of whether and under what circumstances terminally ill patients should be able to access life-ending medications with the aid of a physician is receiving increasing attention as a matter of public opinion and of public policy. Ethicists, clinicians, patients, and their families debate whether physician-assisted death ought to be a legal option for patients. While public opinion is divided and public policy debates include moral, ethical, and policy considerations, a demand for physician-assisted death persists among some patients, and the inconsistent legal terrain leaves a number of questions and challenges for health care providers to navigate when presented with patients considering or requesting physician-assisted death.
To discuss what is known and not known empirically about the practice of physician-assisted death, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a 2-day workshop in Washington, DC, on February 12–13, 2018. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
Table of Contents
|2 Conceptual, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Physician-Assisted Death||7-36|
|3 Experiences with and Reflections on Physician-Assisted Death in the United States||37-52|
|4 Experiences with and Reflections on Physician-Assisted Death Internationally||53-62|
|5 Implementation and Practice of Physician-Assisted Death||63-80|
|6 Physician-Assisted Death in the Context of Long-Term Services and Supports, Palliative Care, and Hospice||81-98|
|7 Reflections on the Workshop and Evidentiary Gaps||99-108|
|Appendix A Workshop Agenda||109-116|
|Appendix B Biographical Sketches of Workshop Speakers and Planning Committee Members||117-130|
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