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 Checklist for Death with Dignity
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.
Consulting 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 Consulting Physician for the purposes of Washington’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), and to ensure compliance with the law.
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”.
Pharmacist's Guide to the Death with Dignity Act
A brief guide for pharmacists on how to dispense the life-ending medication and counsel patients on how to use it.
Recommendations for Nurses, Social Workers, and Others
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.
WSPA Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals
Death with Dignity Act guidelines for mental health professionals