3031.0 End of Life Care/Issues

Monday, November 8, 2010: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
This session will discuss various end of life issues including clinician empathy for their patients, patients' decision-making process for terminating dialysis, hospice practices to help caregivers manage medications, and disparities in the utilization of hospice.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe how to use literature to improve clinicians' empathy for their patients and how patients make decisions to terminate or continue dialysis. 2. Discuss hospice providers' practices in helping informal caregivers manage medications for home hospice patients and caregivers' experiences with hospice medication management. 3. Determine whether there are racial and ethnic disparities in hospice use and in-hospital death.

Decision-making of older dialysis patients: Interviews of patients and families
Charles E. Gessert, MD, MPH, Barbara Elliott, PhD and Pamela Larson, RN, BAN
Hospice providers' reported practices in helping informal caregivers manage medications for home hospice patients
Denys T. Lau, PhD, Brian Joyce, BA, Marla L. Clayman, PhD, MPH, Sydney Dy, MD, Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, Linda E. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Joshua Hauser, MD, Judith Paice, PhD, RN and Joseph Shega, MD
Hospice Use and In-Hospital Death among Nursing Home Residents: Evidence of Racial Disparities?
Nan Tracy Zheng, PhD, Dana B. Mukamel, PhD, Thomas Caprio, MD, Shubing Cai, PhD and Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Gerontological Health (newly approved name Aging & Public Health)
Endorsed by: Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)