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Information for Health Care Providers
Individuals considering end-of-live decisions have many questions at this difficult time and may turn to their health care providers for guidance. We have provided this page of resources to help physicians and other health care providers better understand the issues surrounding end-of-life care and physician-assisted death.
Death with Dignity Acts
At this time, three states have enacted Death with Dignity Acts: Oregon, Washington, and Vermont. Learn more about the Death with Dignity laws:
- Information about the laws and how to access them
- Death with Dignity Act: A Guidebook for Health Care Professionals (PDF) from The Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon Health & Science University
- Oregon State Death with Dignity Act Information
- Oregon State Compliance and Surveillance Forms
- The Final Months of Life: A Guide to Oregon Resources
- Oregon Hospice Association
- Vermont Death with Dignity Act Information
- Vermont Compliance and Surveillance Forms
- Hospice and Palliative Care Council of Vermont
- Washington State Death with Dignity Act Information
- Washington State Compliance and Surveillance Forms
- Additional information from the Washington State Hospital Association
- Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
Around the Nation
Death with Dignity and other end-of-life care legislation is frequently introduced in legislatures across the country. Visit our National Efforts page for the most up-to-date information.
Frequently Asked Questions
More helpful information can be found on our Physicians' Frequently Asked Questions page.
You may find the following resources helpful as you learn about end-of-life care and decisions.
Defend dignity. Take action.
You are the key to ensuring well-crafted Death with Dignity laws for all Americans. With your financial and volunteer help, the Death with Dignity National Center, a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, non-profit organization, has been the leading advocate in the death with dignity movement. Member contributions helped us pass a new Death with Dignity law in Washington, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the death with dignity movement.