General Information

The College of Health and Social Services has set up a web page with national and state resources regarding the end of life options currently available.

Death with Dignity
Site provides information, education, and support about Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option to patients, family members, legislators, advocates, healthcare and end-of-life care professionals, media, and the interested public.

Compassion & Choices
This organization is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life.

Clinical Criteria for Physician Aid in Dying
In July of 2012, the Physician Aid-in-Dying Clinical Criteria Committee met to create clinical criteria for physicians  who  are  willing  to  provide  aid  in  dying  (AID) to patients who request it. The committee, which was convened by Compassion & Choices,b was comprised of experts in medicine, law, bioethics, hospice, nursing, social work, and pharmacy.

Report on the Legal Status of Aid in Dying in New Mexico
Task Force on End of Life care in New Mexico

Physician Assisted Dying A Turning Point?
In 2014, Brittany Maynard, who was dying of brain cancer, took a deliberative decision supported by her family to move from California to Oregon to utilize the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. Highly visible, deeply personal decisions by Maynard and others have influenced social and political discourse around physician assisted dying (PAD). Although PAD broadly encompasses physician-assisted suicide (PAS) (medicines prescribed specifically for the purpose of being taken by patients to end their lives) and euthanasia (lethal medicines administered by physicians at the patient’s request), states currently only authorize the former. Table: Table: Physician Assisted Dying: A Turning Point?

 

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