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The State Of POLST: A Conversation With Pioneer Susan Tolle

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org As the POLST paradigm spreads across the nation and gains acceptance among patients and providers, some critics have expressed concern about its effect on end of life care. For millions of seriously ill and aged Americans, advance health care directives alone will not be enough to ensure their end of life care wishes are honored in […]

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Death With Dignity Director Speaks With Life Matters Media

Talks legalization, Canada and politics BY DANIEL GAITAN  daniel@lifemattersmedia.org OREGON – Death with Dignity executive director Peg Sandeen credits growing acceptance of physician-assisted suicide to the aging population and increased awareness about the controversial practice. Support for physician-assisted suicide is proliferating in state legislatures across the nation; proponents contend the practice enhances patient freedom at the end of life […]

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JAMA Perspective Critical Of POLST

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org  The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a perspective highly critical of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment paradigm, a medical order regarding end of life treatment for those with serious illness. Co-authored by a team of University of Pennsylvania medical researchers, the JAMA article questions the rapid nationwide expansion […]

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‘Death With Dignity’ Gains Steam, Remains Divisive

Support for physician-assisted suicide is proliferating in state legislatures across the nation as proponents contend the practice enhances patient freedom at the end of life and guarantees terminally ill adults a way out of pain and suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in only a handful of states including Oregon (the first state to legalize the practice in 1997), Washington […]

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