Euthanasia Awareness among Physicians Term Paper by pepperpot

Euthanasia Awareness among Physicians
A project proposal to increase awareness of the ethical issues surrounding euthanasia for physicians in Oregon.
# 113590 | 1,433 words | 7 sources | APA | 2008 | PH
Published on Apr 21, 2009 in Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Ethics (General)

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This paper proposes a program to the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality that involves euthanasia awareness among doctors in major hospitals in Oregon, the only state where euthanasia is legal. The project aims to raise awareness among doctors who care for terminally-ill patients, specifically, on the downsides and ethical considerations of euthanasia.

Table of Contents:
Project Details and Course of Action
Background and Significance
The Swedish Experience
Impacts of the legalization of Euthanasia on Physicians

From the Paper:

"In the United States, however, such an action is illegal, except in Oregon which passed physician-assisted suicide laws in 1997. Indeed, from 1994 to 2006, more than 75 bills have been passed, and shot down (Euthanasia and Physician..., undated). Even in Oregon, however, the deaths from euthanasia have been estimated at one for every 1,000, where only 171 deaths have been reported from 1998 to 2003 (Larson, 2004)."
"The terms euthanasia and assisted suicide are often interchanged, but they should not be confused because they are not the same thing Euthanasia involves a direct action that kills the patient, while assisted suicide requires a person provides the means or act to help a suicidal person kill himself. In recent discussions, however, these distinctions have been abandoned as more and more, euthanasia has been seen to equate physician-assisted suicide in practice."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cases in history. Retrieved on 18 April 2008.
  • Humphry, Derek. Swiss Assisted Suicide Branching Out. Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization. Retrieved on 18 April 2008.
  • Kenneth, Arnold. "Euthasia and physician assisted suicide." Religious Retrieved on 18 April 2008.
  • Edward J Larson (2004). Euthanasia In America - Past, Present, And Future: A Review Of A Merciful End And Forced Exit. Michigan Law Review, 102(6), 1245-1262. Retrieved April 23, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 750340041).
  • Robinson, Helen. "Euthanasia Facts." Retrieved on 18 April 2008

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