End-of-Life Decision Making: What have we learned since Cruzan?

November 17, 2000
Westin Crown Center
Kansas City, MO
Co-Chairs: Benjamin W. Moulton, JD, MPH and MC Sullivan, RN, MTS, JD
Conference Description:
Ten years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its decision in Cruzan v. DMH, Missouri. That decision has had profound impact on the way in which end-of-life care is delivered in this country, from the vantage points of clinical practice, legal considerations and public policy. Midwest Bioethics Center played a crucial role in that case as it served as a resource for both sides in the controversy. The Center continues to enjoy an ongoing relationship with the Cruzan family and in 2000 welcomed the first Cruzan Fellow in Bioethics. This two day program is geared to legal counsel, risk managers and health care professionals. The conference will address the legal concerns around end-of-life care including pain management, surrogacy and guardianship problems, patient and family advocacy, state and federal responses, and criminal and civil law issues. The sessions will include plenary addresses as well as small, interactive groups.