Symposium: Death, Dying and the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Article ID: 608358

Released: 1-Oct-2013 9:30 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Chicago Medical Center

What: Sponsored by the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence When: Oct. 4, 2013, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: Center for Care and Discovery, 7th Floor Sky Lobby How: RSVP to Michael McHugh,

Advances in modern medicine and biotechnology have changed the way people die. Unfortunately, families of dying patients are often critical of and report dissatisfaction with what they view as highly medicalized deaths.

Patients often suffer unnecessarily as they approach death, and this suffering could be prevented or mitigated by improvements in terminal care, by strengthening doctor-patient relationships, and by patients being better prepared for death.

The conference re-examines the concept of the art of dying by drawing from the work of clinicians, ethicists, philosophers, and theologians. The goal is to articulate a framework for a contemporary art of dying in the context of today's health care environment.

"We will examine from many perspectives how our society approaches the final stage of life and how strengthening the doctor-patient relationship can improve this difficult experience for the patient, the family, and the medical community," said Mark Siegler, MD, the Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery and executive director of the Bucksbaum Institute.

Speakers include:

Jeffrey P. Bishop, MD, PhD, Saint Louis UniversityLisa Sowle Cahill, PhD, Boston CollegeFarr Curlin, MD, University of ChicagoLydia Dugdale, MD, Yale School of MedicineMichelle Harrington, AM, University of ChicagoJohn Lantos, MD, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of MedicineStephen Latham, JD, PhD, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale UniversityM. Therese Lysaught, PhD, Loyola UniversityDaniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, University of Chicago

Session topics include:

Preparing for Death: Doctors, Patients and Their CommunitiesChallenges of DeathThe "Good Death"When Children Die

The conference papers will be published as a book by MIT Press.

The Bucksbaum Institute, founded in 2011, is committed to improving care by preparing medical students and physicians to provide individualized personal care to patients. This conference accords with the goals of the Bucksbaum Institute as it seeks to improve communication between doctor and patient at the end of life; to equip patients and families to navigate the difficult terrain of end-of-life medical decisions; and to enhance care of dying patients.


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