Session 1D--What is Medical about Medical Aid in Dying? Assessing the Minnesota End of Life Options Act

Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, Phd; Joan Liaschenko, PhD, Rn, HEC-C, FAAN; Jacob Strand, MD

Suffering at the end of life, be it from refractory physical symptoms, existential distress and/or loss of control, profoundly affects patients and their caregivers. Medical aid in dying (MAID) has emerged as a legally sanctioned and regulated practice available to patients who wish to end their life in ten states, Canada, and other countries. Legislation to legalize MAID is being considered in Minnesota and other states this year. Although most medical societies object to MAID, clinicians are still faced with patient/caregiver requests and with policy makers engaged in these decisions. This interprofessional panel will explore the arguments in favor of, and in opposition to, MAID legislation and foster further conversation from attendees.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the status of MAID in US healthcare
  • Identify patient autonomy arguments for MAID
  • Recognize the ethical concerns attendant to MAID