UCHealth puts patients first, providing advanced, comprehensive care to patients with serious and advanced illness. UCHealth allows physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers who are permitted under the End-of-Life Options Act to participate in activities authorized by the Act, if they so choose, and other options including palliative care are also available for patients with serious illness.

The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act (PDF file) authorizes medical aid in dying and allows a terminally ill adult to end his or her life in a peaceful manner. The patient must meet several requirements, including:

  • A prognosis of six months or less;
  • Mental capacity to make an informed decision;
  • Residency in Colorado; and
  • Has requested and obtained a prescription for medical aid-in-dying medication.

The Act has specific requirements for both physicians and patients. For more information, see the “frequently asked questions” section below.

The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act (PDF file) lays out specific requirements for patients, medical facilities and health care providers who may choose to participate in this option. This section provides answers to frequently asked questions as they relate to UCHealth patients. It is for informational and educational purposes only, and does not replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider.

 

Who is eligible to receive medical aid-in-dying medication?
Are health care providers, nurses, and pharmacists required to participate?
Are other options available for end-of-life care?
How does a patient request an aid-in-dying medication?
Does an individual have to be a current UCHealth patient to make the request?
What are the requirements for the patient's written request?
Who is qualified to be a witness for the written request?
What is an informed decision?
Can an individual rescind their request for aid-in-dying medication?
Who is the patient’s attending physician?
What must the attending physician do?
How does an individual fill a prescription for the aid-in-dying medication?
Where and when does an individual self-administer the aid-in-dying medication?
How is Colorado residency determined?
What must the consulting physician do?
Does someone have to take the medication if they receive it?