Report of the Northern California Conference for Guidelines on Aid-in-Dying: Definitions, Differences, Convergences, Conclusions
Young, Ernle W.D.
Marcus, Fred S.
Koenig, Barbara A.
Raffin, Thomas A.
Western Journal of Medicine. 1997 Jun; 166(6): 381-388.
In September 1996, the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics convened a conference entitled "Comprehensive Care of the Terminally Ill: The Northern California Consensus Development Conference for Guidelines on Aid-in-Dying." The regionally based, multidisciplinary conference gathered people from a variety of disciplines and diverse perspectives on physician aid-in-dying. This report documents important points of convergence, disagreement, and uncertainty that emerged from the conference and provides commentary on crucial issues: the definition of terminal illness, ensuring adequate palliative care, psychiatric challenges, coping with family pressures, the doctor-patient relationship, the managed care context, the role of ethics committees, and institutional challenges. Should physician aid-in-dying become a legal practice in California, the report will provide guidance to health care organizations, health professionals, and public policy officials engaged in local or state guideline or policy development.
Assisted Suicide; Autonomy; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Coercion; Communication; Competence; Conscience; Consensus; Cultural Pluralism; Consultation; Decision Making; Dissent; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Ethics Consultation; Evaluation; Family Members; Guidelines; Health; Health Care; Health Facilities; Institutional Policies; Interdisciplinary Communication; Illness; Managed Care; Organization and Administration; Organizations; Palliative Care; Patient Care; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Practice Guidelines; Public Policy; Referral and Consultation; Right to Die; Suffering; Suicide; Terminally Ill; Trust; Uncertainty;
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