Physician assisted (aid) dying in some form is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg, Switzerland and in the states of Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana,
When having a discussion about advance care planning, the following questions are recommended: Who should speak on your behalf if you become so sick you
In the ideal doctor-patient situation the primary care physician should initiate discussion when the patient is not acutely ill. However, this often is not the
Many clinicians feel that it is easier to not start (withhold) a treatment, such as mechanical ventilation, than to stop (withdraw) it. While there is
Does depression or other history of mental illness mean a patient has impaired decision making capacity?
Patients with active mental illness including depression should have their decision making capacity evaluated carefully. They should not be presumed to be unable to make
Physical pain is only one of many conditions that lead patients to make the decision to die. Physical suffering and quality of life involve several
Though in most cases of withholding or withdrawing treatment the patient has a serious illness with limited life expectancy, the patient does not have to