What if Deliberately Dying is an Occupation? An Ethical Decision-making Framework.

Course Overview


Purchase access to the questionnaire on this open access journal article. You will be required to read the articles and answer multiple choice questions related to the articles (you must get 70% and above to qualify for the 3 ETHICS CEUs).


After completing this activity the participant will be able to:
  1. Discuss Deliberately Dying as it relates to purposeful, meaningful occupation
  2. List the 10 steps in the occupational therapy-driven framework for ethical decision making.
  3. Apply this framework to a practice scenario




Part one:

Guay M, Drolet MJ, Kühne N, Talbot-Coulombe C, Mortenson WB. What If Deliberately Dying Is an Occupation? Am J Occup Ther. 2022 Jul 1;76(4):7604347040. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2022.047357. PMID: 35709000.

Part two:

Gordon C, Drolet, M, Reel, K. Facilitating interdisciplinary ethical decision making: Occupational therapists as leaders in the emerging practice of professionally assisted dying. Occupational Therapy Now. 2015 Sept. Volume 17.5 p18-20.

Summary of the article

This article content is highly controversial and challenges a variety of moral, religious and professional beliefs. As health care professionals we are challenged to remain neutral as we provide services for a people of different experiences, backgrounds and beliefs and in difficult circumstances. The article also rigorously reviews the concept of occupation and expands our thinking to include every aspect of a patient’s occupation.

This article provides an interesting topic for ethical debate and a useful format for reviewing ethical decisions which can be applied to other ethical dilemmas. “Sound ethical decision-making regarding client care empowers occupational therapists to be effective change agents that is to use their expertise and influence responsibility to advance occupation, occupational performance and occupational engagement.” (CAOT, 2012, p3)



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Daniélle Krige
Posted 4 months ago
Thought provoking

The articles made me think about and challenge my own definition of occupation.

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Ruth Meiring
Posted 4 months ago
Rethinking the definition of occupation

This article encourages us to think beyond the traditional definitions of occupation and, even though deliberate dying is not legal in our SA context, the article is still of value as it encourages us to be open to considering how we might play a role in assisting people with their meaningful and purposeful occupations.

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