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:
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.
The complete conference agenda and additional background and logistical information are available at http://consensus.
The primary sponsors of this conference are the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Office of Medical Applications of Research, NIH.
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 coordinates:
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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