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Ethical and Legal Obligations of Hospice Staff When Their Patients Receive Aid in Dying


Thaddeus Mason Pope


Hamline University - School of Law

David J. Casarett


University of Pennsylvania Medical School

2013


Abstract:     
In 2013, the Greenwall Foundation announced the funding of a new bioethics grants program, "Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas." This program is designed to support research to "help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health practice, or public policy." The Foundation explained that its goal for these grants is to have a "real-world, practical impact." The Foundation made an award and decided to fund our proposal.

The overarching goal of our "Making a Difference" proposal is to rigorously address the following three questions in a structured way, providing ethical guidance to the hospice industry:

1. What obligation do hospice staff have to report instances in which they believe that a patient may have received assistance in committing suicide from a friend or family member?

2. What obligation do hospice staff have to report instances in which they believe that a patient may have received assistance from a health care provider (in states where such assistance is illegal)?

3. What are the key components of hospice policies that could provide guidance for hospice employees regarding their reporting obligations?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: Greenwall Foundation, bioethics, public health, health, public policy, hospice, death, dying, ethics, suicide, patient, health care, obligations, CHOICE, NHPCO, NHWG

JEL Classification: K4, K32, I, I12, I18

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Date posted: October 10, 2013  

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Pope, Thaddeus Mason and Casarett, David J., Ethical and Legal Obligations of Hospice Staff When Their Patients Receive Aid in Dying (2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2338095 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2338095

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Thaddeus Mason Pope (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
651-523-2519 (Phone)
901-202-7549 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: www.thaddeuspope.com
David J. Casarett
University of Pennsylvania Medical School ( email )
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
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