Professional integrity and physician-assisted death

Hastings Cent Rep. 1995 May-Jun;25(3):8-17.


The practice of voluntary physician-assisted death as a last resort is compatible with doctors' duties to practice competently, to avoid harming patients unduly, to refrain from medical fraud, and to preserve patients' trust. It therefore does not violate physicians' professional integrity.

MeSH terms

  • Beneficence
  • Capital Punishment
  • Clinical Competence
  • Conscience
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Euthanasia, Active
  • Humans
  • Moral Obligations*
  • Morals
  • Philosophy, Medical
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Professional Misconduct
  • Refusal to Treat
  • Social Responsibility
  • Social Values
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Suicide, Assisted*
  • Trust
  • Virtues*
  • Withholding Treatment