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11 April 2013

Physician-assisted suicide programme rarely used

Terminally ill patients in Washington state not rushing to get lethal prescriptions or use them.

Physician-assisted suicide laws can raise controversy and concern with their passage, but a new study from Washington state suggests many of those fears may be unfounded.

"Most Americans say that they want to die at home with family members around, not in pain and with their mental faculties as in tact as possible. But, not everyone is achieving that kind of good death. For the rare number of people using the Death With Dignity program, we are reassured by the high numbers of people who use palliative or hospice care and who talk with their families about this decision," said study author Dr Elizabeth Trice Loggers, medical director of palliative care at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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