Despite the law allowing physician-assisted deaths under certain circumstances in the year 1995, hospitals in Oregon are still uncomfortable when it comes to such situations.
Hospitals state, moral reasons and legal implications involved that keeps their staff away from such situations. During a study on 55 hospitals in Oregon, it was found that of all the hospitals 25% did not involve themselves in the practice at all.
Whereas, 27% hospitals stated that they do involve their staff in the practice but in a very limited way. The hospitals stated that if anyone would ask for physician-assisted suicide they usually refer the patients to the physician who is involved.
Legal implication that worried workers at hospitals in the state of Oregon were that if they would be present or involved in any way during the assisted suicide, they could be tried under offences like assisting suicide, mercy killing, active euthanasia, or homicide and would be committing a possible felony if involved.
Though the authors of the study stated that in order to resolve such a situation to be able to show more empathy towards the patients by practicing a more unbiased and neutral stance.
They further felt that if the worker adopted such a stance it would bring in more transparency to the system and would also be able to counsel patients.
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