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Posted on February 11, 2019 at 4:00 AM
Washington State Medical Association

At the End of Life: Agency, Role and
Responsibilities of the Physician/Advanced Practitioner

WEOLC logo
is open for this national, two-day conference, Sept. 13-14,
2019, in Seattle.
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
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—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
The event
will be held Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at
the University of Washington in Seattle.
Please take a moment to
forward this email to your colleagues who may be interested in
Conference partners
WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement logo
UW Medicine Department of Bioethics and Humanities logo
UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence logo
UW School of Law logo

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