The purpose of this thesis was to produce a policy analysis of the End of Life Option Act (EOLA) of 2015. This policy provided adults in the state of California, who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, the opportunity to obtain lethal medications to end his or her life. David Gil’s analytic framework was utilized to examine both the strengths and limitations of this policy as well as its relation to the social work profession. This analysis explains how the EOLA has expanded end-of-life care options to the terminally ill while also improving their quality-of-life in their last months and days. This analysis also focuses on the issues surrounding the lack of access and availability of the EOLA to cultural and ethnic minorities in the state of California and the potential risks that this issue holds. Cultural competence, self-determination, and quality-of-life are all areas in which this policy analysis focused on. Recommendations for future research opportunities were also discussed.
|Commitee:||Kim, Mimi, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Law, Public policy|
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