TITLE

Life after Death with Dignity: The Oregon Experience

AUTHOR(S)
Miller, Pamela J.
PUB. DATE
May 2000
SOURCE
Social Work;May2000, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p263
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article offers a framework for examination and overview of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act after its first year of implementation. This law became public policy on October 27, 1997, when all legal barriers were lifted. The law allows a terminally ill person to request a prescription to end life if she or he qualifies under the law's requirements. According to records, 23 Oregonians have received such a prescription, and 15 have used it. The effect of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) on clients and families, professional health care providers and agencies, and society and culture is explored through two questions: (1) What is known about PAS? and (2) What needs discovery and exploration? The reality of this end-of-life option has forever changed care of terminally ill individuals, and social workers may benefit from the Oregon experience.
ACCESSION #
3055183

 

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