The Ethics of Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain the religious underpinnings and historical precedents that support opposition to physician-assisted suicide (PAS).
  • Define the ethical concept of the “slippery slope” and its impact on legalized PAS in the Netherlands.
  • Examine insights gained during the 20 years since Oregon passed the “Death with Dignity Act.”
  • Identify key components of the PAS laws under consideration in 30 states that highlight patient rights to self-determination about how and when they die.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Quill, T. E., & Battin, M. P. Physician-assisted dying: Understanding, evaluating, and responding to requests for medical aid in dying.
  • Kinzbrunner, B. M. (2004). Jewish medical ethics and end-of-life care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 7(4), 558-573.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.25 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
06/01/2018
Course expires: 
11/30/2020

Barry Kinzbrunner, M.D.
Executive Vice President
Chief Medical Officer
Vitas Healthcare
Miami, Florida

Fleur Sack, M.D.
Family Medicine
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Miami, Florida

Barry Kinzbrunner, M.D. and Fleur Sack, M.D., have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.25 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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