End of life: Expert care and support, not physician-hastened death

Joseph C. Masdeu, Allen J. Aksamit, Alan C. Carver, Kathleen M. Foley, Joseph S. Kass, Raymond A. Martin, Elizabeth A. McCusker, Michael P. McQuillen, Raja Mehanna, Richard Payne, Stephen J. Victor, Steven Warach

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In legal physician-hastened death, a physician prescribes medication with the primary intent of causing the death of a willing terminally ill patient. This practice differs radically from palliative sedation, intended to relieve a patient's suffering rather than cause a patient's death. In this position paper, we argue that the practice of physician-hastened death is contrary to the interests of patients, their families, and the sound ethical practice of medicine. Therefore, the American Academy of Neurology should advise its members against this practice, as it had done until 2018.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-734
Number of pages6
JournalNeurology
Volume93
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 22 2019

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Masdeu, J. C., Aksamit, A. J., Carver, A. C., Foley, K. M., Kass, J. S., Martin, R. A., ... Warach, S. (2019). End of life: Expert care and support, not physician-hastened death. Neurology, 93(17), 729-734. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000008356

End of life : Expert care and support, not physician-hastened death. / Masdeu, Joseph C.; Aksamit, Allen J.; Carver, Alan C.; Foley, Kathleen M.; Kass, Joseph S.; Martin, Raymond A.; McCusker, Elizabeth A.; McQuillen, Michael P.; Mehanna, Raja; Payne, Richard; Victor, Stephen J.; Warach, Steven.

In: Neurology, Vol. 93, No. 17, 22.10.2019, p. 729-734.

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Masdeu, JC, Aksamit, AJ, Carver, AC, Foley, KM, Kass, JS, Martin, RA, McCusker, EA, McQuillen, MP, Mehanna, R, Payne, R, Victor, SJ & Warach, S 2019, 'End of life: Expert care and support, not physician-hastened death', Neurology, vol. 93, no. 17, pp. 729-734. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000008356
Masdeu JC, Aksamit AJ, Carver AC, Foley KM, Kass JS, Martin RA et al. End of life: Expert care and support, not physician-hastened death. Neurology. 2019 Oct 22;93(17):729-734. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000008356
Masdeu, Joseph C. ; Aksamit, Allen J. ; Carver, Alan C. ; Foley, Kathleen M. ; Kass, Joseph S. ; Martin, Raymond A. ; McCusker, Elizabeth A. ; McQuillen, Michael P. ; Mehanna, Raja ; Payne, Richard ; Victor, Stephen J. ; Warach, Steven. / End of life : Expert care and support, not physician-hastened death. In: Neurology. 2019 ; Vol. 93, No. 17. pp. 729-734.
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