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July 22/29, 1998

DyingThe Oregon Death With Dignity Act: A Guidebook for Health Care Providers

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for software


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edited by Kathleen Haley and Melinda Lee (Task Force to Improve the Care of Terminally-Ill Oregonians; sponsored in part by the Greenwall Foundation), 91 pp, paper, $15, Portland, Ore, Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(4):387-388. doi:10.1001/jama.280.4.387-JBK0722-2-1

The goal of Oregon's Task Force is to promote excellent care for dying persons, honor diversity, and develop standards for clinical practice under the new law for physician-assisted suicide. This report consists of 15 brief, separately authored chapters, each with a few citations. They cover the content of the law, patient rights, family concerns, hospice referrals, mental health consultation, emergency medical service for assisted suicide, and how to complete death certificates and report deaths. Overlapping content reinforces the moral paradigm of the report; editing smoothes the style of the various authors. Appendices include the text of the law, an advance directive, a short list of organizations that care for terminally ill persons, and four disclaimers.

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