Moral and Practical Challenges of Physician-Assisted Suicide

Published in: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 289, no. 17, May 7, 2003, p. 2282

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2003

by Karl Lorenz, Joanne Lynn

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Physicians play an inescapable role in presenting and shaping health care decisions. Patients and families find it essential to rely on physicians when fear, lack of information, unfamiliarity, and other factors limit their independence and authority. Legalizing PAS threatens to make patients and families suspicious at a time when they would like to rely on a trusting relationship with their physician.

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