In November 1997, the voters of Oregon resoundingly affirmed the Oregon Death With Dignity Act.
This law allows competent, terminally ill persons who are suffering in the final 6 months of life to obtain a lethal prescription from a physician.
This paper presents a psychiatric defense of the Death With Dignity Act including the role of mental health professionals in evaluating competence in compliance with the law.
Ethical, logistical, and political issues related to aid-in-dying are reviewed and a strategy for assessing competence is offered.
Mots-clés Pascal : Suicide assisté, Législation, Oregon, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Rôle professionnel, Personnel sanitaire, Santé mentale, Psychiatre, Evaluation, Aptitude, Prise décision, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Assisted suicide, Legislation, Oregon, United States, North America, America, Occupational role, Health staff, Mental health, Psychiatrist, Evaluation, Ability, Decision making, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0074397
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 31/05/1999.