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Care through the end of life

As families and clinicians work together to care for patients in their final days, state laws can either help or hinder their efforts.  How can public policy assure that patients with life-threatening illnesses receive the best and most comforting care possible?  A free public policy forum at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon will explore that question. On Tuesday, Aug. 3, Palliative Care Service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) will host a free public forum, "Caring Well for People Through the End of Life: The Potential for Policy to Improve Care", in Auditoria E and F of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.  The keynote speaker will be Betty Ferrell, a researcher, teacher and advocate on end-of-life issues. Following Ferrell's presentation will be a reaction panel featuring New Hampshire's Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, Vermont's Attorney General Bill Sorrel and Ira Byock, DHMC's Director of Palliative Medicine and author of several books on end-of-life care.  Ferrell is a Research Scientist at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif., where she conducts an independent program of research in the areas of pain, quality of life and end-of-life care. Her 27 years in oncology nursing accentuate her  experience in research, teaching and patient advocacy.  She is Principal Investigator of a study funded by the American Cancer Society on Palliative Surgery and the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project. She has authored four books, most recently the Textbook of Palliative Nursing Care.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 3
  • 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Auditoria E and F, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, DHMC
  • No registration required
  • 650-5402

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Last Updated: 12/17/08