CBS 60 Minutes: The Cost of Dying
"Denial of death at some point becomes a delusion"
NOTE: Physician-assisted suicide should not be confused with hospice and palliative care, as Pew Charitable Trusts points out.
We must improve the experience of death in the United States, and it starts with talking about death. Improving life at the end of life:
'The day I meet you in the emergency dept
will probably be one of the worst of your life'
Palliative Care as an Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide
Michael Erdek, MD, Johns Hopkins Associate Professor of
Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Oncology
Lay summary: Patients suffering from terminal cancer often have pain. Some have advocated euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide as a potential way of alleviating this suffering. Further examination of this topic, however, shows this approach may be essentially utilitarian and fail to consider the inherent value of human life. There has been significant development in recent years in the fields of pain medicine and palliative care, which afford alternate means of addressing suffering in this patient population.
Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring
Individual Preferences Near the End of Life
- With Palin 'Death Panels' Debunked, Congress Pushes End-Of-Life Planning
- NPR: Medicare Plans To Pay For Voluntary End-Of-Life Counseling in 2016
"Reconsidering the Ethics of Patient-Centered Pain Management at the End of Life"
Sydney Morss Dy, MD, MSc, delivers the Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture
Technology in palliative care:
- The Atlantic: Forget Denmark, the United States should emulate Canada
- Globe & Mail: The case for public-funded psychotherapy
Opioid Safe Prescribing: TN Chronic Pain Guidelines &
the Effects of Repealing the Intractable Pain Act (PDF)