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Health care and ethics conference looks at hope and its limits

“Hope and Limits: Cradle to Grave Ethical Care” is the theme of the 2015 annual conference of the Healthcare Ethics Consortium and Emory University Center for Ethics.

The conference is March 19-20 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.

This year’s theme is designed to be an interactive conversation about the tension between hope and limits on patient care across the lifespan. The plenary speech will be “The Nature of Hope and the Limits of Hope” by Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge, a not-for-profit organization on aging.

Conference topics for discussion include:

• patient stories, hope and the changing nature of the health care environment

• limits on aggressive treatment, particularly medical futility and brain death

• measuring what counts

• discontinuity of care

• dealing with stress

Registration deadline is March 11; registration by mail must be postmarked by March 9.

The Healthcare Ethics Consortium is a nationally recognized center of excellence in health care ethics education, reflection and practice. Members include hospitals and health systems, home health agencies, hospices, long-term care facilities and other health-related organizations.

The consortium, which provides educational programs and consultative services for health care professionals, health care organizations and the community, is affiliated with Emory’s Center for Ethics.

For more information, contact : Dianne Becht, Attn: Healthcare Ethics Consortium, Emory University Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.

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