Doc2Doc

Answering Physicians’ End-of-Life Questions

What is Doc2Doc?

A resource tailored to practicing physicians and other healthcare professionals, Doc2Doc offers you readily available, free, confidential telephone consultation with one of our seasoned medical directors, each with years of experience in end-of-life medical care.

Having an open relationship with each patient is critical to ensuring they receive the care they truly want. Doc2Doc helps healthcare professionals provide unbiased information and better care to patients who ask about available end-of-life options.

It can be surprisingly difficult to discuss a patient’s terminal illness and inevitable death, and it’s hard to know when to explore those issues and what specifics to cover. Communication about end-of-life options can be part of ongoing conversations regarding each patient’s goals of care. The knowledge shared helps patients weigh the benefits and burdens of various treatment options, and align their decisions with what is most important to them. Ideally, these conversations should begin soon after an illness enters an advanced or terminal phase, and continue throughout progression of that illness.

Call Doc2Doc: 800.247.7421 or email Doc2Doc at doc2doc@compassionandchoices.org

Your consultation may include discussion of:

  • Hospice, palliative care, and effective pain and symptom management

  • Responding to a suffering patient’s desire to achieve a peaceful death

  • Reliable information about end-of-life issues and advance care planning

  • Medical aid in dying – a safe and trusted medical practice in which a terminally ill, mentally capable adult with a prognosis of six months or less to live may request from their doctor a prescription for medication that they can choose to self-administer to bring about a peaceful death

  • Communication with patients, pharmacists and family members; current clinical practice guidelines; and specific state laws impacting end-of-life care

  • The practice of voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) for intentional death, including appropriate supportive care

  • Responding to inquiries or requests concerning withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment

  • Safeguards and best medical practices for a patient-controlled death

Call Doc2Doc: 800.247.7421 or email Doc2Doc at doc2doc@compassionandchoices.org

Resources for Healthcare Professionals


Statutory Waiting Period Chart

To download a flyer to share with your doctor click here.

Also offered in: Chinese / Hawaiian / Ilokano / Japanese / Korean / Tagalog

To download a flyer to share with your pharmacist click here.

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