AMDA's 2019 Annual Conference

SA11 - Physician-Assisted Dying: Overview and Debate About its Use in Long-Term Care in States and Countries Where it is Legal

Mar 9, 2019 11:00am ‐ Mar 9, 2019 12:30pm


This session will present a brief overview of the statutes and utilization of physician-assisted suicide in long-term care (LTC) settings in states and countries where it is legal. Many people who end up in LTC do not want to live the rest of their lives in LTC. Presenters will engage in an old-school debate about whether to increase or limit the access of LTC residents to physician-assisted suicide.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the current criteria required to be met in order for dying persons to legally access physician-assisted death.
  • Describe data on physician-assisted dying in LTC settings in states and countries where it is legal.
  • Articulate the case in favor of and against physician-assisted death for LTC residents who request it.
  • Explain the case for and against modifying the statutes to allow LTC populations easier access to physician-assisted dying.


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