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    Back to Module 5: Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate
    A Six Step Protocol

    Step 3: Affirm Your Commitment to Care for the Patient
    Step 4: Address the Root Causes of the Request

    Step 3: Affirm Your Commitment to Care for the Patient

    • Patients facing the end of life often have fears of abandonment
    • Listen to and acknowledge expressed feelings and fears
    • Make a commitment to help find solutions to the issues of concern, including:
      • Current concerns
      • Anticipated concerns
    • Reinforce that you want to continue to be the patient’s physician until the last possible moment
    • Explore options to allay immediate concerns and fears
    • As a request for hastened death affects everyone who is close to the patient, a commitment to the patient also affirms a commitment to the family and those close to the patient, including other caregivers
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