Powers of Attorney

ORS 127.815
Attending physician responsibilities

§3.01. Attending physician responsibilities. (1) The attending physician shall:


Make the initial determination of whether a patient has a terminal disease, is capable, and has made the request voluntarily;


Request that the patient demonstrate Oregon residency pursuant to ORS 127.860 (Residency requirement);


To ensure that the patient is making an informed decision, inform the patient of:


His or her medical diagnosis;


His or her prognosis;


The potential risks associated with taking the medication to be prescribed;


The probable result of taking the medication to be prescribed; and


The feasible alternatives, including, but not limited to, comfort care, hospice care and pain control;


Refer the patient to a consulting physician for medical confirmation of the diagnosis, and for a determination that the patient is capable and acting voluntarily;


Refer the patient for counseling if appropriate pursuant to ORS 127.825 (Counseling referral);


Recommend that the patient notify next of kin;


Counsel the patient about the importance of having another person present when the patient takes the medication prescribed pursuant to ORS 127.800 (Definitions) to 127.897 (Form of the request) and of not taking the medication in a public place;


Inform the patient that he or she has an opportunity to rescind the request at any time and in any manner, and offer the patient an opportunity to rescind at the time the patient makes the patient’s second oral request pursuant to ORS 127.840 (Written and oral requests);


Verify, immediately prior to writing the prescription for medication under ORS 127.800 (Definitions) to 127.897 (Form of the request), that the patient is making an informed decision;


Fulfill the medical record documentation requirements of ORS 127.855 (Medical record documentation requirements);


Ensure that all appropriate steps are carried out in accordance with ORS 127.800 (Definitions) to 127.897 (Form of the request) prior to writing a prescription for medication to enable a qualified patient to end his or her life in a humane and dignified manner; and


(A) Dispense medications directly, including ancillary medications intended to facilitate the desired effect to minimize the patient’s discomfort, provided the attending physician is registered as a dispensing physician with the Oregon Medical Board, has a current Drug Enforcement Administration certificate and complies with any applicable administrative rule; or


With the patient’s written consent:


Contact a pharmacist and inform the pharmacist of the prescription; and


Deliver the written prescription personally or by mail to the pharmacist, who will dispense the medications to either the patient, the attending physician or an expressly identified agent of the patient.


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the attending physician may sign the patient’s report of death. [1995 c.3 §3.01; 1999 c.423 §3; 2013 c.366 §62; 2019 c.624 §1]

Law Review Citations

43 WLR 399 (2007)

§§ 127.800 to 127.897

Notes of Decisions

Series violates Equal Protection Clause under federal Constitution because defined class is overinclusive and therefore not rationally related to state purpose. Lee v. State of Oregon, 891 F. Supp. 1429 (D. Or. 1995)

United States Attorney General's rule punishing physicians who issue prescriptions under Oregon Death with Dignity Act was invalid intrusion on right of state to determine legitimate medical practices. Oregon v. Ashcroft, 368 F3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2004)

Law Review Citations

74 OLR 449 (1995); 31 WLR 601 (1995); 77 OLR 1027 (1998); 37 WLR 691 (2001); 81 OLR 505 (2002); 41 WLR 863 (2005); 43 WLR 399 (2007); 45 WLR 91, 137 (2008); 91 OLR 457 (2012)


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