When patients ask about assisted suicide: A viewpoint from Oregon

Melinda A. Lee, Linda Ganzini, Kenneth Brummel-Smith

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    Abstract

    The passage of the Oregon Death With Dignity Act has profound implications for the prevailing model of care for dying patients. Patients are already asking for assisted suicide. Most physicians have not been trained in evaluating these requests in a therapeutic way. We discuss the issues around the needs of dying patients and, regardless of the legal status, what to do when patients ask for a lethal dose of medication. With the tools to explore the meaning of these requests, physicians will be better able to understand and meet the needs of their dying patients.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)205-208
    Number of pages4
    JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
    Volume165
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Oct 1 1996

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)

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