Who Uses Medical Aid in Dying in Oregon and Washington?

August 12, 2019

(U.S. News & World Report) – They found that 2,558 – 76% – of the 3,368 written prescriptions resulted in patients’ deaths, with patients more likely to be non-Hispanic white (94.8%) and 65 years or older (72.4%). The most common underlying illnesses were cancer (76.4%), neurologic illness (10.2%), lung disease (5.6%) and heart disease (4.6%), with loss of autonomy, impaired quality of life and loss of dignity the most common reasons reported by clinicians for patients who pursue medical aid-in-dying. Ages of all participants over the time periods ranged from 20 to 102, and participation was nearly equally split between males and females.