Physician-Assisted Death – Feb. 12 &13 Workshop

As more jurisdictions in the U.S. legalize physician-assisted death, the question of whether and under what circumstances terminally ill patients can access life-ending medications with the aid of a physician is receiving increasing attention.  While public opinion is divided, and public-policy debates juggle moral, ethical, and policy considerations, patient demand for physician-assisted death persists, and health care providers must navigate the inconsistent legal terrain. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a two-day workshop to explore what is known about access to, practice of, and challenges associated with physician-assisted death in the U.S. and in other countries.  The aim of this workshop is to facilitate dialogue in order to help inform ongoing discussions between patients, their providers, and other health care stakeholders.  An agenda is available here

The workshop will be held on Monday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST in the Lecture Room and on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST in Room 125 of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Reporters who wish to attend should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail  Those who cannot attend in person may tune in via webcast