| NIH Convenes State-of-the-Science
Conference on Improving End-of-Life Care
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a State-of-the-Science
Conference on Improving End-of-Life Care, December 6-8, 2004 at
the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
A press briefing will be held at the close of the conference, at
2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8.
Improvements in medical science and health care have gradually
changed the nature of dying. Death is no longer likely to be the
sudden result of infection or injury, but is now more likely to
occur slowly, in old age, and at the end of a period of chronic
illness. As a result, a demographic shift is beginning to occur
that will include an increase in the number of seriously ill and
dying people at the same time that the number of caregivers decreases.
These ongoing changes present a number of quality-of-care issues
that will impact the healthcare system.
This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners
in various aspects of end-of-life care and research, to examine
and synthesize the scientific evidence available to answer five
key conference questions:
- What defines the transition to end of life?
- What outcome variables are important indicators of the quality
of the end of life experience for the dying person and for the
surviving loved ones?
- What patient, family, and health care system factors are associated
with improved or worsened outcomes?
- What processes and interventions are associated with improved
or worsened outcomes?
- What are future research directions for improving end-of-life
During the first day and part of the second day of the conference,
experts will present the latest findings in end-of-life research
to an independent panel. The panel will then meet in executive session
to weigh the evidence before them and prepare its statement assessing
the state of the science. The panel will present its draft statement
for public comment at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8.
The press briefing will be held in the main auditorium of the Natcher
Center at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8. Reporters are welcome
to attend the full conference, or just the press briefing. Please
register at http://consensus.nih.gov/
or call (301)496-4819 for more information.
The complete conference agenda and additional background and logistical
information are available at http://consensus.nih.gov/.
All open conference sessions including the press briefing will also
be webcast at http://videocast.nih.gov/.
The primary sponsors of this conference are the National Institute
of Nursing Research, and the Office of Medical Applications of Research,
Note to TV Editors: The news conference at 2 p.m. on Wednesday,
December 8, 2004 will be broadcast live via satellite on the following
Galaxy 3 Transponder 07 C-Band
Orbital slot: 95 degrees West
Uplink Frequency 5985 Vertical
Downlink Freq: 3760 Horizontal
Test time: 1:30 2:00 p.m. EDT
Broadcast: 2:00 3:00 p.m. EDT
Note to Radio Editors: An audio report of the conference results
will be available after 4 p.m.Wednesday, December 8, 2004 from the
NIH Radio News Service by calling 1-800-MED-DIAL (1-800-633-3425).
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