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Medical Ethics--Option 1_Instructions.docx

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Option 1- Physician-Assisted Suicide: Considering the Evidence, Existential Distress, and An Emerging Role for Psychiatry Read the attached article called physician assisted suicide. Background: Several social and technological forces have moved debates about physician assisted suicide into the public eye. These include an aging population, medical technology that allows patients to survive devastating illness or injury, and changes in family structure that move end of life care out of family homes and into institutions. While still somewhat controversial, palliative care and advanced directives have become commonly offered to individuals facing terminal illness and an end nearing six months. Palliative care provides pain relief, but does not provide any care that lengthens a patient’s survival. The idea is to provide as much relief to patients and families as possible as they move through the final stages of terminal disease.
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