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    Back to Module 5: Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate
    A Six Step Protocol

    A Six Step Protocol

    • Any request for PAS should always be taken seriously
    • Response should be immediate and compassionate
    • Six steps can be identified for responding to such requests:
    • While each step will be discussed in this module in sequence, as with other clinical protocols, these steps should integrate smoothly and flexibly into actual practice as issues arise
    • Depending on the particular case:
      • Some steps may be implicit or accomplished in a few words
      • Others may be complex and require considerable time to respond
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