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DEATH WITH DIGNITY12-1 Milestone Two: PICO(T) QuestionReese BridgeSouthern New Hampshire University: NUR 440January 19, 2020
DEATH WITH DIGNITY2PICO(T) QuestionShould human medicine follow veterinary medicine to include euthanasia or medically assisted suicide as a viable end of life option?Population of InterestAdults 18 years and older who are suffering from an incurable disease or medical condition that have less than 6 months, 12 months for neurodegenerative diseases, are qualified to use Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) (Boudreau, 2011). These patients must be a resident of California, Colorado, District of Colombia, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington, and the patient must also be mentally competent and capable of making and communication healthcare decisions (Parrot, 2020). Patients must also be able to self-administer and take the medication. All of these criteria must be met for the patient to be eligible for PAS.InterventionSecobarbital is the most common medication used for PAS. This medication is a short