Assisted Suicide: A Case Study

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Moreover, when a person has a choice in how they will die it diminishes the emotional toll that dying can put on a patient and their family. The very emotional toll that terminal patients go through and the feelings of becoming a burden can be significant. They can have fear of being in acute or chronic pain with their particular disease or worry about becoming baffled and not capable of making their own choices anymore. Terminal patients also are concerned with being reliant on outside care services (Ohnsorge, 2014, p. 6). Independent people grow up making decisions about life everyday. It is people with these same personality attributes like being hesitant to lose self-control, an unwillingness to ask for assistance in everyday task …show more content…
This information should include whether assisted suicide is right for them. There should be education in what palliative care is and what receiving palliative care looks like realistically. According to Gamondi (2013, p.4) terminal patients that are interested in assisted suicide did not even want to talk with care staff regarding their decision. Patients were also scared to use pain medication for fear of drug addiction and a belief that it will prohibit the decision making process. Education about choices can reduce the distress behind these emotional decisions. There needs to be an open mindedness when it comes to the emotions like fear that drive a patient to make a request for assisted suicide. According to Boudreau (2013, p. 1451), there is a fear and utter avoidance in talking about death from physicians; however, some patients may still believe that an assisted suicide emulates what their final wishes are. If assisted suicide were a legal choice, then healthcare providers could grant the dying wish of a terminal …show more content…
The number of assisted suicide has rose in Switzerland but the number of suicides and decreased during the past decade (Boudreau 2013, 1452). When people have a safe legal option to end their suffering that seems to be the path that they want to choose. The choice to have an assisted suicide should not only be the terminal ill patient but also the physicians. According to (Boudreau, 2013, p. 1452) physician should not be required to participate in an assisted suicide, but there no real ethical reason that physicians should deny the assistance. The fact that this is an incredible important decision to make by the patient and the patient’s family, if it was legal the healthcare provider needs to give concise and honest information. This information should be in regard to the patient’s life expectancy or pending death (Gennip, 2013, p. 623). When the patient has all this information they get a feeling of peacefulness and can get prepared for the pending death. This allows for the to be dignity when you feel ready to

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