Understanding Medical Aid in Dying

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Target Audience

Healthcare providers.

Purpose

Six states and the District of Columbia currently authorize medical aid in dying as an option for patients at the end of life. At least 20 state legislatures have introduced similar legislation, including Iowa. The powerful story of Brittany Maynard’s struggle to control her death and her family’s move to Oregon to access its Death with Dignity law sparked interest across the country. As public awareness increases, physicians and other health professionals will face questions from patients, lawmakers and the media. This presentation will provide an in-depth understanding of the clinical practice of medical aid in dying based on experience and data from authorizing states.

Objectives

  • Define medical aid in dying and summarize clinical criteria and patient eligibility.
  • Summarize data on medical aid dying from authorizing states.
  • Distinguish between “assisted suicide” and “medical aid in dying” and the importance of terminology.
  • Identify fact-based versus opinion-based objections to medical aid in dying.
  • Explain trends in support for medical aid in dying among the medical community.
  • Articulate competing ethical views.

References

Speaker

Rebecca Thoman, MD
Manager, Doctors for Dignity, Compassion & Choices

www.CompassionAndChoices.org/D4D

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Thoman indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose.


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hours
Course opens: 
02/01/2018
Course expires: 
01/31/2021
Cost:
$0.00

Available Credit

  • 0.75 CE Contact Hours

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
02/01/2018
Course expires: 
01/31/2021

Price

Cost:
$0.00
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