This study is a policy analysis of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act of 1997 using David Gil's policy analysis framework. For over 10 years, this policy has allowed physicians to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill individuals who wish to end their lives. This analysis incorporates history, law, and public perceptions contributing to the passing of physician-assisted suicide in the United States. This thesis also addresses the current impact this law has on the public with considerations to disenfranchised individuals who may wish to participate in this process. Findings indicate that this policy upholds the value of autonomy and the promotion of dignity in end of life care. The debate will continue surrounding the right to die and physician-assisted suicide through media, legislation, and public perception. Implications for social work practice and future research are included in this thesis.
|Advisor:||Jennings, Lisa K.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Law, Social work, Public policy|
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