Oregon's Physician-Assisted Suicide Law: Provisions and Problems
Emanuel, Ezekiel J.
Archives of Internal Medicine. 1996 Apr 22; 156(8): 825-829.
CONCLUSIONS: The Oregon Death With Dignity Act constitutes a major change in social policy and the practices of medicine. Regardless of one's position on the ethics of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide, the law raises serious problems that must be addressed prior to implementation: (1) its safeguards fail to ensure that assistd suicide be offered appropriately as an option only after efforts to treat reversible conditions have been exhausted and (2) its monitoring system fails to ensure that the consequence of change in social policy will be adequately evaluated.
Adults; Alternatives; Assisted Suicide; Competence; Conscience; Constitutional Law; Consent; Consultation; Death; Depressive Disorder; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Drugs; Ethics; Euthanasia; Evaluation; Family Members; Government; Informed Consent; Law; Legal Aspects; Medical Records; Medicine; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Policy Analysis; Prognosis; Psychiatric Diagnosis; Public Policy; Records; Referral and Consultation; State Government; Suicide; Terminally Ill;
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