“Decision-making” for end-of-life care has earned paramount importance as it has capability to prolong human life with the support of medical technologies or can let the natural death process continue by foregoing the treatment option. Hence, end-of-life care is facing various ethical dilemmas. Healthcare professionals can play a profound role by promoting communication, education and discussion related to end-of-life care preferences and their implications among the patient, and their families in order to facilitate improved decision making. Dr. Deters will focus on communication with patients and their families and the responsibility in ethical decision making with end-of-life care. Participants will learn techniques on how to discuss end-of-life cares with patients and their families, understand how to apply the role of advance directives in preventing ethical dilemmas, and discuss ethical issues and dilemmas that may arise in end-of-life/palliative care.
Dr. Michael Deters, MD is an internal medicine specialist and has been practicing for 47 years. Dr. Deters is the Assistant Medical Director at Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from Roy J Lucille A Carver College Of Medicine at University Of Iowa and specializes in internal medicine.