Physicians and advanced practitioners have the privilege and duty to care for patients at the end of life. Sometimes their actions factor into a patient’s death; such as discontinuing life-support (including ventilators, cardiac devices, and dialysis), clinically supporting patients who voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED), providing palliative sedation, and in states where it is legal, prescribing a lethal dose of medication to a dying patient. These cases have clinical, legal, ethical, sociocultural, and psychological dimensions that are often challenging for physicians and advanced practitioners to navigate.
At this conference, we'll set the stage for ongoing discussion of these practices and the issues physicians and advanced practitioners caring for dying patients often face, as both medical technology and patients’ requests for planned death evolve.
The Washington End of Life Coalition—sponsored by the WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement—is partnering with UW Medicine Department of Bioethics & Humanities, UW Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, and UW School of Law to present this national conference on the physician/advanced practitioner’s agency, role and responsibilities at the end of life.
The event will be held Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Click here for course details and to register online.