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When is a mental health professional competent to assess a person's decision to hasten death?

Authors
  • Werth, James L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ethics & behavior
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1999
Volume
9
Issue
2
Pages
141–157
Identifiers
PMID: 11657204
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

As the country continues to debate the legality of aid-in-dying, it appears inevitable that at some point there will be a need for mental health professionals to be involved in assessments of individuals asking for a hastened death. I designed this article to provide a set of guidelines that will allow both mental health professionals and potential consultees to determine if a professional has the training and expertise necessary to be a competent consultant.

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