Request for Assisted Suicide
Physician-assisted dying (PAD) is receiving increasing media and academic attention, and legalization is expanding internationally. The potential legitimization of this practice is laden with medical, legal, and ethical considerations. Regardless of legality or willingness to participate, clinicians must be able to respond to enquiries about this topic, whether the patient’s aim is information gathering or a formal request to end his or her life.
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