13th Annual Health Ethics

Assisted Death: Ethically Responding to Patient Requests for Assistance in Dying

October 6, 2017 • Hampton Inn • Columbia, MO

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Six states plus the District of Columbia have some form of assisted suicide, however, this topicis not readily discussed due to religious, legal, and cultural issues. In states such as Missouri, where there are no laws pertaining to this subject, there is limited knowledge among healthcare providers about this topic or how to respond to patients requesting help with death..

Conference Outcomes:

  •  Understand the major ethical and legal controversies and positions on physician-assisted death.
  • Guide patients and families about ethical and legal options for assisting the death of patients.

Planned Session Include:

  • Legislation and Physician Assisted Suicide in Washington, DC: An African American Perspective
  • Cautious Support for Permitting Physician-Assisted Suicide
  • Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law: Seventeen Years and Lessons Learned
  • Choices about the End of Life: Video Perspective
  • Legalizing Physician Assisted Death: Compassionate Slipping in a Professional Quagmire
  • Understanding Those Who Would Request Death panel discussion


  • Winn Phillips, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor, MU Health Management & Informatics
  • David Fleming, MD, MA, MACP, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Health Ethics
    University of Missouri School of Medicine


  • Lea Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L, Co-Director, Center for Health Ethics; Associate Clinical Professor, MU School of Health Professions; Director, MHPC OTA Program
  • Richard Oliver, PhD, FASAHP, Dean Emeritus, Associate Professor, MU School of Health Professions
  • Matt Morgan, MHA, Center Administrator, MU Center for Health Ethics
  • Lori Popejoy, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor, John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Don Reynolds, Professor, Medicine-Gastroenterology
  • Marjorie Sable, DrPH, MSW, MPH, Director and Professor, MU School of Social Work
  • Karen Schmidt, BFA, Senior Media Producer, Office of Continuing Medical Education and Physician Lifelong Learning, University of Missouri
  • Cynthia Stephens, MS(N), RN, Nurse Planner/Clinical Instructor, MU Nursing Outreach, MU Sinclair School of Nursing

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