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The American Medical Association defines assisted suicide as, "when a physician facilitates a patient's death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act," whereas euthanasia involves physicians and family members assisting in the death of a patient.
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Purpose of This Guide
This guide is intended to be a research aid for locating information on physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. Use the tabs across the top to find information on specific aspects of these and related issues.
Overview of Physician Aid-in-Dying
Ethics in Medicine: Bioethics Topics
This overview of physician aid-in-dying, from the University of Washington School of Medicine, presents important definitions and comments on the role that language plays in discussions about physician aid-in-dying. It also covers arguments for and against the practice as well as statements on the ethics and legal status of the issue.
Gallup Poll - May 27, 2015
Suggested Search Terms
MAIN TERMS: assisted suicide, euthanasia
RELATED TERMS: right to die, advanced directives, medical ethics
BROADER TERMS: suicide
NARROWER TERMS: terminal illness, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, withholding treatment, life support, hospice care, living will, death with dignity
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