Physician assisted dying and death with dignity: Missed opportunities and prior neglected conditions

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This paper argues that the world-wide debate about physician assisted dying is missing a golden opportunity to focus on the orchestration of the end of life. Such a process consists of far more than adequate pain control and is a skill which, like all other skills, needs to be learned and taught. The debate offers an opportunity to press for the teaching of this skill. Beyond this, the desire to assure that all can have access to palliative care makes sense only within the embrace of a universal health-care system and the desire that all can have a death with dignity is meaningful only within the embrace of a life with dignity
Keywords orchestrating the end of life  palliation  physician assisted dying  social safety net  universal health-care
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DOI 10.1023/A:1009997829750
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