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New England Journal of Medicine

Which Doctors Should “Own” End Of Life Planning?

This piece was first published in Reuters Health. President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. The duty to guide patients through the end-of-life decision-making process rests squarely upon primary care providers, writes one internist in The New England Journal of Medicine, maintaining that her colleagues should better support seriously ill patients earlier and throughout the course of disease. Susan Tolle, director […]

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Chicago Cultural Center Hosts “Death With Dignity” Event

Hundreds gathered at the Chicago Cultural Center to learn about and debate so-called “Death with Dignity” legislation on Saturday. The event, sponsored by nonprofit advocacy group Compassion & Choices, included a panel discussion and screening of How to Die in Oregon, a 2011 documentary exploring the state’s physician-assisted suicide law. “This is not about a political stance, it’s […]

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Chicago’s Union League Club Prepares For End Of Life Care

To avoid unwanted medical treatments and family conflict, all adults should complete advance health care directives and make their end of life care preferences known, said Dr. Catherine Pesek Bird at the Union League Club of Chicago’s Forum on End-of-Life Issues. Bird, a certified medical mediator and physician, stressed the importance of the 1991 Patient Self-Determination Act and the […]

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American Medical Association Opposes “Death With Dignity,” Despite Calls For Legalization

Despite calls for legalization from a growing number of proponents and others who came to support physician-assisted suicide in the wake of the high-profile death of Brittany Maynard, the American Medical Association remains firmly opposed to such policy. Maynard, 29, moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s physician-assisted suicide law and ingested a […]

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