April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—Joanne Lynn, MD, believes major changes are necessary to care for the growing population of Americans who are living longer, many who are experiencing multiple chronic conditions and progressive disabilities.
As the Saturday morning keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Lown Institute Conference, April 15-17 at the JW Marriott Chicago, Lynn, will address the need to customize care for the elderly, especially the frail elderly, whom she says need services that celebrate living well with illness.
Lynn, the director of Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, insists that the many problems faced by the elderly, such as unnecessary hospitalizations, excessively aggressive end-of-life care, and difficulty in aging in place, indicate deep systems-level issues. The nation, says Lynn, has failed to provide sufficient home based support and shared decision-making around the end of life.
In addition, she will talk about her work as a lead investigator in the SUPPORT (Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments) trial. This ground-breaking, two-phase study found that the majority of physicians were not aware of their patients’ wishes or advanced directives; that terminal patients often received futile aggressive treatments; and that many hospitalized patients frequently experienced pain at the end of life, even after an intervention to improve end-of-life care. The bottom line: It’s going to take a commitment from both individual health care practitioners and patients to change established practices that make dying so painful, and system-wide changes in our health care infrastructure so that the frail and elderly receive the support they need in their homes and communities.
Lynn’s talk takes place Saturday at 9:15-9:45 am in Grand Ballroom AB.
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