Choice at the end of life: current practice, assisted dying and international developments
Date(s) - 09/02/2018
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royal Society of Medicine
The aim of this event is to explore how the concept of choice sits within current end-of-life practice and to question whether or not assisted dying is complementary or contradictory to the notion of person-centred care. The event hopes to bring together key figures from many sides of these important issues.
Recently there has been a cultural shift away from paternalism and towards the empowerment of patients to make decisions about their own care. Nowhere is this change more pertinent than at end of life.
Palliative medicine has always led the way in treating people as individuals and we can now see this being embedded in other specialisms. Despite the uptake of planning tools such as Advance Decisions and Lasting Powers of Attorney being low, campaigns to encourage the public to think about and plan for their own death are growing.