Year: 1993 Source: Nursing & Health Care, v.14, no.2, (February 1993), p.70-76 SIEC No: 19930416

If a terminally or chronically ill patient chooses death, where does one draw the line between allowing suicide, encouraging suicide, assisting with suicide, or directly killing? How does one differentiate between injecting a consenting patient with a lethal injection to cause death, from inserting the needle so that the patient may inject the lethal dose? Clearly there are differences between action facilitation, encouragement and mere information.