Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics

Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics

by Barry Rosenfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591471028

ISBN-13: 9781591471028

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: American Psychological Association

In Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics, Barry Rosenfeld examines how social science can inform policy and practice issues in the ongoing debates on end-of-life issues. While some important elements of the arguments for advocacy or opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide, such as

…  See more details below

Overview

In Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics, Barry Rosenfeld examines how social science can inform policy and practice issues in the ongoing debates on end-of-life issues. While some important elements of the arguments for advocacy or opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide, such as moral and ethical concerns, are not necessarily the domain of science, others are amenable to scientific study, including such questions as whether untreated pain or depression fuel requests for assisted suicide. This thoughtful, comprehensive, and balanced volume reviews and synthesizes what research has uncovered thus far, and provides rich context on the major legal, ethical, clinical, social policy, and psychological research issues involved in end-of-life decision-making. Topics include assessment of patient decision-making abilities, do-not-resuscitate orders, and advance directives. Chapters on experience with legalized assisted suicide in Oregon and the Netherlands supplement those devoted to reviewing the psychosocial and medical literature on who seeks assisted suicide and why. This book will be an invaluable resource for health psychology researchers interested in end-of-life policy research as well as for clinicians who treat terminally ill patients and struggle to understand the factors influencing their decisions.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591471028
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Chapter 1.History of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: Philosophical, Religious, and Clinical Contexts13
Chapter 2.Legal Status of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide25
Chapter 3.Do Not Resuscitate Orders, Living Wills, and Surrogate Decision Making41
Chapter 4.Research Issues in Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Methods and Opportunities for Future Research61
Chapter 5.Influence of Depression and Psychosocial Factors on Physician-Assisted Suicide77
Chapter 6.The Role of Pain and Other Physical Symptoms in the Desire for Hastened Death95
Chapter 7.End-of-Life Decision Making111
Chapter 8.Lessons Learned From the Netherlands129
Chapter 9.The Oregon Experiment147
Chapter 10.Where Do We Go From Here?165
References177
Index191
About the Author201

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >