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Full Instructions

Request a physician packet to be mailed, emailed or faxed to you by calling 206.256.1636, 1.877.222.2816 toll-free, or email info@endoflifewa.org.

Information for Medical Providers

End of Life Washington provides information about, and support for, the Washington Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) to patients, physicians, and other medical providers. End of Life Washington volunteer medical directors are available to answer physicians’ questions and provide consultation.

We recommend that every patient who is considering using the DWDA be referred to End of Life Washington to ensure that the patient has ongoing support throughout the process. This includes the presence – if requested – of a Client Support Volunteer at the time of death to ensure the medical protocol is followed and to provide reassurance and emotional support to those who are present. For physicians whose patients are enrolled in our Client Support Program, End of Life Washington can help coordinate the DWDA process, assist with finding a second participating physician, and provide the information necessary to complete the Attending (prescribing) Physician’s After Death Reporting Form.

Our physician packet includes a detailed guide to the process, all applicable Department of Health reporting forms, and – for Attending (prescribing) Physicians – a compliance checklist and protocol for prescribing and obtaining medications.

All contacts are strictly confidential. The protocol for prescribing medication is provided only to physicians and pharmacists.

Physician and Health Care Provider Guides

Attending (prescribing) Physician’s Guide to the Death with Dignity Act

This guide briefly explains the steps any physician needs to take to become a patient’s Attending (prescribing) Physician for the purposes of Washington’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), and to ensure compliance with the law.

*The downloadable version of this Guide does not include the protocol for prescribing medication.

Language Matters

This document explains why the term, “physician-assisted suicide” is inaccurate when talking about the Death with Dignity Act. The correct term to use is “aid in dying”.

Written Request Form with instructions 2017

Complete this form after you have seen both the Attending (prescribing) and Consulting Physicians. This form must be signed by two qualified witnesses. One witness can be a family member; one can be an employee of your doctor; or both witnesses can be bystanders. When the form is completed, give it to your Attending (prescribing) Physician.

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