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Doctors for Dignity

“Patients don’t die in the manner they prefer. The time is now for our nation to develop a modernized end-of-life care system.” -Institute of Medicine President Dr. Victor J. Dzau

Americans, frequently underinformed and overtreated in their final days, are not dying according to their end-of-life wishes. You can help change that.Medical experts as well as patients are increasingly aware of the deep deficiencies in end-of-life healthcare. So a group of physicians has formed Doctors for Dignity, an initiative of Compassion & Choices.We invite you to join.

Doctors for Dignity members support patient autonomy to control one’s own death. We advocate for the right to choose from a full range of end-of-life options, including aid in dying. We speak out to increase awareness of end-of-life issues and change law and policy.

Our other objectives include:

  • Establishing a national network of physician support, collaboration and advocacy
  • Informing elected officials on the importance of all end-of-life choices
  • Advising physicians on advance planning and aid in dying
  • Educating the public by writing letters, speaking at events or testifying for death-with-dignity bills

Policymakers and medical associations will listen only if many of us speak out. Please declare yourself a Doctor for Dignity by signing up today. Colleagues listen to colleagues, so share this page and recruit others to become Doctors for Dignity too.

Have questions? Please contact Rebecca Thoman at [email protected] or 303.217.2081.


/ May 15, 2017

Maine doctors softening stance on [medical aid in dying]

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/ April 28, 2017

Dr. Thoman’s Blog: Respecting Physician and Patient Values at the End of Life`

Last month, a lawsuit addressing important questions about the intersection of patients’ legal rights and the religious freedom of physicians was heard by the U.S. District Court for the State of Vermont. The Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Christian Medical & Dental Association challenged the constitutionality of Vermont’s Patient Choice at the End […]

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/ April 24, 2017

Compassion & Choices Lauds Medical Society of the State of New York for Voting to Survey Physicians on Medical Aid in Dying

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