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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.


/ September 12, 2016

Doctors for Dignity Bulletin – September 2016

We sent the following email, part of a monthly series, to our Doctors for Dignity last week: A recent survey shows 54% of Maryland physicians support medical aid in dying. The survey was pursuant to a resolution from the Maryland State Medical Society House of Delegates. 65% percent favored a position of either support (50%) […]

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/ August 9, 2016

Doctors for Dignity: August 2016 Bulletin

Every month, Doctors for Dignity Campaign Manager Rebecca Thoman, M.D., sends a bulletin to all Doctors for Dignity. The following message was sent in August 2016: Friend, Last month, the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP) Congress of Delegates voted to remain neutral on “state or federal legislation regarding aid in dying by […]

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