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Seminar to Examine End-of-Life Issues

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Lauren Kromke, 386.231.5090

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Who: Ray Moseley, Ph.D., associate professor of Bioethics, Law and Medical Professionalism, University of Florida. Dr. Moseley is the founder and the first president of the Florida Bioethics Network (FBN), and has played a key role in FBN’s development as a statewide resource and model for bioethics networks around the United States. His research includes publications on the ethics of "Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment," "Advance Directives," "Ethics Committees," "Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources" and "Ethical Aspects of Genetic Testing and Genetic Therapy."

 

What: According to a 2006 Pew Research Center report (http://people-press.org/reports/pdf/266.pdf), only 29 percent of adult Americans have living wills to indicate their health care wishes. In 2007, a Harris Interactive study (http://www.harrisinteractive.com/news/newsletters/clientnews/2007_Lawyers.pdf)

put the proportion with advance directives at two in five. Even among “severely or terminally ill patients,” the majority had no advance directives in their medical records, researchers for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (http://www.ahrq.gov/research/endliferia/endria.htm) reported in 2003. When facing a medical emergency, patients, or more often their loved ones, often struggle with a myriad of choices concerning treatment.

 

Dr. Moseley will explain advance directives – living wills, powers of attorneys, health care surrogates – and what they can and cannot do for you. Additionally, he will answer questions and Florida Hospital Memorial’s Risk Management team will be available to assistant attendees with completing living wills and healthcare surrogate forms.

 

Where: Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Medical Office Building, Classroom A, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach, 32117

 

When: 4 p.m. – Thursday, Feb. 18

 

RSVP: Karen Catley, 386.231.3126