PRESS RELEASE - April 25, 2005
OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY (OHSU) PHYSICIANS HAVE CORRECTED
A PREVIOUSLY REPORTED ERRONEOUS CLAIM THAT THE RATE OF PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED
SUICIDE IN OREGON IS LOWER THAN IN OTHER STATES.
Drs. Kenneth Stevens and William Toffler, both faculty members at
OHSU, have reported the need for this correction in the most recent
issue of The Journal of Clinical Ethics (Winter 2004). In their clarifying
commentary, Drs. Stevens and Toffler set the record straight, emphasizing
the following key points:
- The rate of physician-assisted suicide in states other than Oregon
is not known.
- There is no evidence that Oregon has a rate of physician-assisted
suicide that is less than that of other states.
- There is no evidence that legalization of assisted suicide in
Oregon has decreased the rate of physician-assisted suicide in
The details of this communication appeared in a Commentary Article
entitled "Comment on Ganzini and Dobscha regarding Comparing Rates
of Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon with that of Other States",
in The Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 15, No. 4 (2004): pp 363-364.
Furthermore, the authors of the original commentary, Drs. Ganzini
and Dobscha, have acknowledged their error in this same issue.
The article has also
been posted on the www.pccef.org website.
For further information call Dr. Kenneth Stevens, Professor and
Chairman of Radiation Oncology, OHSU at (503) 481-8410 or page him
at 503-599-4439, email at firstname.lastname@example.org