Is uncontrollable pain the biggest concern of patients who participate in physician-assisted suicide?

Again the answer is “no." Actual pain, combined with concern about possible pain in the future, is only a motivating factor in the minority of cases. Although advocates for physician-assisted suicide would like one to believe that uncontrollable pain is the primary reason that individuals seek to end their lives; this is simply not supported by the facts.  In the words of the Oregon Public Health Division concerning physician-assisted suicides in 2022, “ as in previous years, the three most frequently reported end-of-life concerns were: decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable (89%), loss of autonomy (86%),  and loss of dignity (62%).”  Fear of being a burden on family and friends was a concern in 46% of the cases, while fear of pain was a concern in only 31%. (State of Oregon Death with Dignity Report 2022”, Oregon Public Health Division).