AMA outlines rights of dying patients

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a "Bill of Rights" for dying patients at its annual meeting in Chicago, calling for clinicians to respect the right to die comfortably and in the manner patients choose. The AMA states that patients should have the opportunity to plan for care at the end of their lives and that "physical and mental suffering will be carefully attended to and comfort measures intently secured, that preferences for withholding or withdrawing life- sustaining intervention will be honored, that there will be no abandonment by the physician, that dignity will be a priority, that burden to family and others will be minimized and that care providers will assist the bereaved through early stages of mourning and adjustment."