Friday, January 23, 2015
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Hospice-Palliative Volunteers' Opinions (Research, Video 2:58)
Research on physician-assisted suicide included two groups consisting of Canadian in-home hospice-palliative volunteers and members of the community. Participants responded to 15 items about physician-assisted suicide. Differences of opinion were revealed in both groups. Additional questions confirmed the following about the majority of volunteers and community members:
1) They support legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
2) They would choose hospice-palliative care over physician-assisted suicide for themselves if they were terminally ill.
3) They think Canadians should place more priority on developing hospice- palliative care rather than on legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
In America, physician-assisted suicide has also sparked debate widely in various states. Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She decided to move from California to Oregon because doctors there are allowed by law to prescribe life-ending medication to patients who are older than 18 and have been given less than six months to live. She has taken that medication. This video features her story along with pros and cons of the physician-assisted suicide debate:
Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.