The New England Journal of Medicine published a study co-authored by SCCA’s Dr. Elizabeth Loggers that looked at how SCCA implemented Washington State’s Death with Dignity Act, which was enacted by a voter-approved referendum in March 2009. Overall, the study found that the Death with Dignity program was rarely used at SCCA, but in those few instances where it was, the program was well-accepted by patients. The most common reasons for participating included the loss of autonomy, the inability to engage in enjoyable activities, and a loss of dignity.
Read this release for a comprehensive summary of the study. See also this report from NBC News about the study and a patient who exercised this option two years ago. The Seattle Times, HealthDay and The Los Angeles Times have also posted stories.
Update: Dr. Loggers was interviewed on KUOW by Steve Scher. Listen to the interview here, it starts at about eight minutes into the podcast.