Oregon's physician-assisted suicide legislation: Troubling issues for families

Virginia P. Tilden, Melinda A. Lee

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An individual autonomy framework, rather than a family framework, has prevailed in the national debate about physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. However, the separation of individual and family is artificial in the context of life-threatening illness. This article describes family issues when terminally ill patients consider physician-assisted suicide. Issues include family roles, motives, disagreements, and grief; the problems of misuse of a lethal prescriptive; and failed suicide attempts. For multiple reasons described, the family perspective is needed in debates about physician-assisted suicide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-129
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice


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