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Palliative & End-of-Life Articles & Resources


MAID Without Borders? Oregon Drops the Residency Requirement

April 7, 2022: Oregon, which legalized medical aid-in-dying (MAID) in 1997, has dropped the requirement that had limited MAID access to residents of the state. Under a settlement of a lawsuit filed in federal court by the advocacy group Compassion & Choices, Oregon public health officials will no longer apply or enforce this requirement as part of eligibility criteria for MAID. (Nancy Berlinger for the Hastings Center, April 1, 2022)

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What a Bad Day Science Had (The Hastings Center)

June 7, 2021, was a bad day for science. That was the day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved aducanumab for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, even though a committee of its own selected experts recommended strongly against approval.

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'I Need to Know I Tried'

May 10, 2021: The New York Times

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How to Make Doctors Think About Death

April 27, 2019: The New York Times


Death’s Best Friend

April 2, 2018: The New York Review of Books

What Does It Mean to Die?

February 5, 2018: The New Yorker


What Matters in the End

October 26, 2017: On Being


The Symptoms of Protracted Dying

October 24, 2017: The New York Times


We’re Bad at Death. Can We Talk?

May 10, 2017: The New York Times


Not Just a Death, a System Failure

February 6, 2016: The New York Times


Is It Better to Die in America or in England?

January 19, 2016: The New York Times


A Parting Lesson from My Parents

December 16, 2015: The Boston Globe


A Quiet End to the ‘Death Panels’ Debate

November 20, 2015: The New York Times


The Last Day of Her Life

May 14, 2015: The New York Times


Dying Shouldn’t Be So Brutal

January 31, 2015: The New York Times


When It’s the Doctor Who Can’t Let Go

September 6, 2014: The New York Times


My Father's Beautiful Death

October 7, 2012: The Root


How to Die

October 7, 2012: The New York Times


Bring Health Care Home

December 4, 2011: The New York Times Op-Ed


A Conversation Many Doctors Won't Have

November 16, 2011: The New York Times


Demand Grows for Palliative Care

March 29, 2011: Kaiser Health News


Palliative Care Extends Life

Aug 18, 2010: The New York Times


Letting Go

Aug 2, 2010: The New Yorker