HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Can a terminally ill person want to hasten death and be mentally competent?

New Research Raises Questions About Assessing the Mental State of the Terminally Ill

(WASHINGTON) --- In 1994, Oregon passed a referendum (the Oregon Death With Dignity Act) which specified that a physician may prescribe lethal medication for the purpose of hastening the death of a terminally ill person. The Act survived numerous legal challenges and became state law in October of 1997. To address concerns that many terminally ill people may also suffer from a psychiatric disorder, such as depression, the Act bars suicide assistance to any person who, in the judgement of the attending physician, may be suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder which may impair judgement.

With this legislation, psychologists and psychiatrists were called upon to determine a physically ill person's mental state, and in doing so were asked to judge their competency to request a hastened death. To ascertain how psychologists felt about this role and to study the practical problems in making such judgements, psychologist Darien S. Fenn, Ph.D., of the Oregon Health Sciences University, and psychiatrist Linda Ganzini, M.D., of the Portland Area Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Oregon Health Sciences University, surveyed 625 licensed psychologists in the state. The survey findings are published in the June issue of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, published by the American Psychological Association.

According to the research, Oregon psychologists have varying degrees of comfort with suicide and assisted suicide, which the survey data suggest, may be influencing their choice to work or not to work in the area of hasten death requests. While a surprising large percentage of respondents (82%) said they would consider assisted suicide for themselves under certain circumstances, for other respondents, opposition to assisted suicide was strongly a function of their opposition to suicide per se.

One third of
'"/>

Contact: Rhea Farberman
public.affairs@apa.org
202-336-5709
American Psychological Association
13-Jun-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. European study highlights frequency of medical end-of-life decisions in terminally ill pts
2. Doctors over-estimate survival of terminally ill patients
3. Landmark clinical trial at 22 medical centers finds implanted heart pumps lengthen and improve lives of terminally ill heart failure patients
4. Dialogue & personal example work best for parents in drug talks with teens
5. Study finds no evidence of a cancer personality
6. DHEA may help decrease abdominal fat in elderly persons
7. Metabolic syndrome associated with cognitive decline in elderly persons
8. Majority of cigarettes in the US smoked by nicotine-dependent or psychiatrically ill persons
9. Cardiac complications from smallpox vaccination higher than expected among military personnel
10. Medical residents report sleep loss and fatigue take toll on learning, work and personal lives
11. Prudent-layperson laws help get insurance coverage for emergency room visits

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Can terminally ill person want hasten death and mentally competent

(Date:8/28/2015)... Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) , ... August 29, 2015 , ... ... to reinvent higher learning and the student experience as part of the EDUCAUSE - ... Melinda Gates Foundation . , This is the third Breakthrough Models Incubator ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... August 28, 2015 , ... An online provider of ... make the purchase of CPAP equipment more affordable by offering shipping at no cost ... of CPAP products and orders of any size. My Cpap Store is located in ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... , ... The Kentucky State Department of Workforce Investment Commissioner Beth Kuhn recently ... for, they are unable to pass the initial drug test and therefore unable to ... order to be able to hire long-term, skilled talent. (1) Will Wesch, Director of ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... Mendon, IL (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2015 , ... ... Mission” benefit concert returned for the second year to the Adams County Fairgrounds in ... event was held to raise money to support music education in the underfunded school ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... VA (PRWEB) , ... August ... ... Risk Management for Medical Devices:, Understanding the FDA’s Position and Best Practices ... MD, http://www.fdanews.com/cybersecuritymd , This workshop, chaired by internationally renowned expert ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Rio Salado College Joins 9 Educational Leaders to Reinvent Higher Learning 2Health News:Rio Salado College Joins 9 Educational Leaders to Reinvent Higher Learning 3Health News:Rio Salado College Joins 9 Educational Leaders to Reinvent Higher Learning 4Health News:My Cpap Store Now Offering Delivery Special 0 Cost to You 2Health News:Hiring Obstacles: Drug Abuse a Problem for Workforce 2Health News:Hiring Obstacles: Drug Abuse a Problem for Workforce 3Health News:Hiring Obstacles: Drug Abuse a Problem for Workforce 4Health News:Best Drug Rehabilitation Interviews Country-Rock Duo Highway Run at the 2015 "Music With A Mission" Benefit Concert 2Health News:FDAnews Announces — Software and Cybersecurity Risk Management for Medical Devices: Understanding the FDA’s Position and Best Practices for Compliance, Oct. 14-15 2Health News:FDAnews Announces — Software and Cybersecurity Risk Management for Medical Devices: Understanding the FDA’s Position and Best Practices for Compliance, Oct. 14-15 3Health News:FDAnews Announces — Software and Cybersecurity Risk Management for Medical Devices: Understanding the FDA’s Position and Best Practices for Compliance, Oct. 14-15 4Health News:FDAnews Announces — Software and Cybersecurity Risk Management for Medical Devices: Understanding the FDA’s Position and Best Practices for Compliance, Oct. 14-15 5
(Date:8/28/2015)... and LONDON , August 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... approach seamlessly connects people, technologies and ... improving outcomes and the cost of healthcare ... AEX: PHIA) today announced its presence at  ESC Congress 2015 ... including Heart Model A.I. , EchoNavigator and IntelliSpace Cardiovascular, that ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... -- DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX ) announced today ... healthcare conferences.  , James E. ... Rodman & Renshaw Investment Conference on Thursday, September 10 ... held at the St. Regis Hotel in ... of the presentation will be available by accessing ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... 2015  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ... on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Sue Mahony , ... and Richard Gaynor , M.D., senior vice president ... will participate in a fireside chat at 3:30 p.m., ... webcast will be available on the "Webcasts & Presentations" ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Philips Showcases New Integrated Cardiology Solutions to Advance Minimally Invasive Procedures at ESC Congress 2015 2Philips Showcases New Integrated Cardiology Solutions to Advance Minimally Invasive Procedures at ESC Congress 2015 3Philips Showcases New Integrated Cardiology Solutions to Advance Minimally Invasive Procedures at ESC Congress 2015 4DURECT to Participate in Upcoming Healthcare Conferences 2Lilly to Participate in Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference 2
Cached News: