ERIC Number: ED422531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
At Death's Door: What Are the Choices? An Issue Book for National Issues Forums.
Hinds, Michael deCourcy
This paper questions how society should care for people who are suffering and near death? Underlying this issue are very difficult questions about the evolving rights of patients, medical standards, and societal norms--questions about the American way of death, which often involves needless pain and unwanted treatment. Three choices are presented in a brief proposal format for use with National Issues Forums. "Choice 1: Let Patients Die with Dignity," holds that physician-assisted suicide is a humane way of death that is widely and secretly practiced today. "Choice 2: Improve Care for the Dying," raises the concern that dying patients often suffer needlessly in our healthcare system, which routinely ignores patient's final wishes concerning treatment. Correcting the existing system is recommended. "Choice 3: Above All, Sustain Life," is based on the premise that life is invaluable and should be inviolable, and society and the medical community must strengthen their commitment to preserving life. References "For Further Reading" and checklists "In Support" and "In Opposition" are presented with each choice. A summary that displays comparable points for each viewpoint is included. National Issues Formats are described, and ballots to be used before and after attending forum meetings are provided. (EMK)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.; National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.