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Physician-Assisted Suicide

Coughennower, Marcia BSN, RN, CGRN

Gastroenterology Nursing:

There are many issues surrounding the end of life. One of the most controversial is physician-assisted suicide. Because nursing is intimately involved with care of patients at the end of life in a variety of settings, it is incumbent upon nurses to be well informed on this issue. This article will examine the ethical, social, legal, political, and economic impact of physician-assisted suicide.

Author Information

About the author: Marcia Coughennower, BSN, RN, CGRN, is Team Coordinator, Mercy West Endoscopy, Des Moines, Iowa.

Received August 29, 2002; accepted September 30, 2002.

Address correspondence to: Marcia Coughennower, BSN, RN, CGRN, Mercy West Endoscopy, 1604 N.W. 114th Street, Suite 147E, Des Moines, IA 50325 (e-mail:

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