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The Oregon Death with Dignity Act: results of a literature review and naturalistic inquiry.
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PMID:  21122764     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The Death with Dignity (DWD) Act, a physician-assisted suicide statute, was initially adopted in Oregon In November, 1994 and became operational in 1998. The purpose of this study is to: 1) determine the nature and form of the empirical literature on the Oregon DWD Act; 2) describe the effects of the DWD Act on Oregonians with disabilities according to the empirical literature; and 3) present opinions held by a group of Oregonians with disabilities about the DWD Act and its effects. A literature review and focus group were conducted for this study. Thirteen empirical studies and 11 state annual DWD reports were included in the literature review. Review of the empirical literature on DWD in Oregon reveals a number of potential concerns, including inadequate demographic profiling of DWD requesting patients, inadequate mental health evaluations, insufficient duration of physician-patient relationships, potential inaccuracy of the six month prognosis, and inadequate exploration of alternative treatment. These concerns suggest that the DWD reporting system may be inadequate and lack sufficient safeguards. The focus group revealed that there are multiple facets to the DWD issue. Within the disability community, there does not seem to be unequivocal support for one viewpoint over another.
Charles E Drum; Glen White; Genia Taitano; Willi Horner-Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and health journal     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1936-6574     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Health J     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101306633     Medline TA:  Disabil Health J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Center on Community Accessibility, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 97239-0574, USA.
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