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Nomination deadline: Monday, September 24, 2012

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is searching for experts in the scientific, technical, and medical professions to be considered for a study committee titled “Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care.”

Please provide by Monday, September 24, 2012, names of any persons you think the IOM should consider for this important task. For your convenience, you may submit your nominations directly using this link:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1024262/Suggested-Members-for-IOM-Committee-on-Transforming-End-of-Life-Care

For more information contact Bradley Eckert, E-mail:[email protected]

About the IOM Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care

The overall objective of the project is to advance policies to improve the care that individuals and families receive at the end of life through alignment with individual values and preferences and to stimulate a national conversation with individuals, families, and communities on improving the way we approach death. Specifically, the IOM committee will: review progress since the landmark 1997 IOM report Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life, assess challenges and opportunities, and examine ways to integrate end-of-life care into a patient- and family-centered, team-based framework of health and community care; make recommendations about changes in public policy, health care financing, and clinical care to better align care with individual values and preferences and promote compassionate, high-quality, and cost-effective care at the end of life; and develop a communication strategy for promoting public information and engagement.

Experts in the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, health care administration, pastoral care and other healthcare fields; health care finance; palliative and end-of-life care research; communication and media; patient advocacy and community-based support and care giving; health law and biomedical ethics; public policy; and health education are needed for the committee.

The overall objective of the project is to advance policies to improve the care that individuals and families receive at the end of life through alignment with individual values and preferences and to stimulate a national conversation with individuals, families, and communities on improving the way we approach death. Specifically, the IOM committee will:

  1. Review progress since the 1997 report, assess challenges and opportunities, and evaluate strategies to integrate end-of-life care into a person-centered, team-based framework. Demographic and cultural changes will be considered as will advances in technology that affect the provision of care in different settings, most notably in the home. Families are increasingly recognized as a vital component of the healthcare “workforce,” and the financial and other ramifications for individual families and society will be considered.
  2. Develop recommendations for changes in policy, financing and clinical care that will align care with individual values and preferences and promote high-quality, cost-effective care.
  3. Design a dissemination and communication strategy to promote public engagement and understanding. A prerequisite for progress is public understanding of the realities facing individuals and families at the end of life and the availability and consequences of different choices. This strategy will need to consider the fears and anxieties surrounding aging and death and cultural diversity in values and preferences.
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