Year: 1997 Source: Health and Social Work, v.22, no.4, (November 1997), p.243-245 SIEC No: 20020649

Assisted suicide has become one of the more controversial health care issues in recent memory. Social workers have taken position on both sides of the debate. In 1993 the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Delegate Assembly passed the policy statement, “Client Self-Determination in End-of-Life Decisions” that addressed myriad issues that arise at the end of life. The Delegate Assembly took the position that a client’s right to self-determination is the predominant value & should override other considerations. This study presents arguments against NASW’s position on assisted suicide. (23 refs)