CHICAGO, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care will hold its third annual conference at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Centre, Rosemont, Illinois.
Some program highlights include:
Dr Bud Hammes, an international expert on advance care planning from the Gunderson Lutheran Health Medical Foundation in Wisconsin and conference chair said it should be a right not a privilege for all Americans to get access to the very best care at the end of their life.
"For the millions of Americans with advanced illness, the availability of appropriate care varies tremendously," Dr Hammes said.
"Inadequately treated physical and emotional distress, fragmented care systems, poor communication among doctors, patients, and families, and enormous strains on caregivers frequently characterize the care people often receive."
Dr Hammes heads a pioneering program "Respecting Choices", at the Gunderson which helps patients plan for the care they want to receive at the end of their life.
Full conference program available at http://acpelsociety.com/conference/
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Visit the conference website to view the full program http://acpelsociety.com/conference/
SOURCE Austin Health