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Compliance with and Understanding Maine’s Death with Dignity Law

This module is intended to address the death with dignity specific education requirements under Maine Public Law Chapter 271. At the end of this module, users should have an understanding of the Maine law and administrative rules, and that all requirements of the Act have been met before prescribing or dispensing life-ending medication. The module will identify strategies, best practices and resources for complying with the requirements of this law.


Learning Objectives:   

At the end of this module, participants will:

  1. Have an increased understanding of the current status of Death with Dignity Laws.
  2. Learn about the key components of Maine Public Law Chapter 271 pertaining to the Maine Death with Dignity Law, and understand how they relate to daily practice in a primary care or specialty setting.
  3. Build competency in required data collection and documentation, and gain knowledge of practical tools, resources and strategies for compliance.
  4. Have an understanding of the risks, limitations and uses of life-ending medications reported by other states that have Death with Dignity laws similar to Maine’s.

Module Structure:

This module is self-paced and available to any user that registers with the Qualidigm Learning Lab. The estimated time to complete is approximately 60 minutes. This module will be eligible to grant 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits.


The module will consist of multiple sub-sections or units and will contain various elements, including hyperlinks to readings and web resources, video lessons,  and pre-and post-assessments needed for CME accreditation.


Duration & Fee:  FREE for Maine Clinicians

CME Credits Offered:  1


Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hours

(note: the module is divided into short digestible units [10-20 mins] which can be completed in small increments)


Hardware/Software Requirements:

Computer with Internet connection

Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

The quiz tool within the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.


Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a Pre-Test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a Post-Test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your Pre-Test score and Post-Test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have three attempts to complete the Post-Test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit. Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.


To Obtain CME Credits:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the Pre-Test, Post Test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have three attempts to complete the Post-Test.
  • After confirming that the entire learning module is complete and you have received a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test, a generic certificate of completion will be displayed and available for you for download.
  • The official CME Documentation Form will be available to download from within the evaluation survey, after you answer all the questions and enter in your contact information.
  • The module will contain seven sub-sections or units and will contain various elements, including hyperlinks to readings and web resources, video lessons and pre-and post-assessments needed for CME accreditation.


Table of Contents:  The units will consist of the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Pre-Assessment
  3. Understanding Public Law Chapter 271: Death with Dignity Act
  4. Understanding and Complying with Maine Public Law Chapter 271
  5. Understanding of prescribing life-ending medications, the qualified patient’s written request for life-ending medication, assurances that the patient is making an informed decision regarding end-of-life care and medication prescription records
  6. Required data collection and submission and retention of required forms as part of the qualified patient’s medical record
  7. Post-Assessment

Staff Contact: Kayla Cole, CSP-SM

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