so that the patient feels that suicide is the best option

ida2

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Persian - Iran
Hello,

In the following context, I think the bold part should be negative in order to be meaningful, shouldn’t it? (so that the patient feels that suicide is not the best option.)

otherwise, please explain/paraphrase the whole sentence in which the bold part mentioned.

Some physicians who prescribe a lethal dose of medications might claim that they did not know that the patient planned to commit suicide. For example, some doctors might prescribe secobarbital on a patient’s request without discussing suicide. [...] Doctors almost never prescribe secobarbital except as a means for suicide. Most important, discussions of the patient’s interest in suicide present opportunities for the physician to improve palliative care, so that the patient feels that suicide is the best option.
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Source: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians by Bernard Lo

 
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