Currently, most physicians engage in Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussions using verbal descriptions of possible goals-of-care options, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and mechanical ventilation. These interventions may be difficult for patients to imagine using verbal descriptions alone. Video images have been shown to improve understanding of complex health care information and inform decision-making. Dr. Volandes will review shared decision-making in the context of end-of-life care and how videos can surmount communication barriers.
Dr. Angelo E. Volandes is faculty member in the General Medicine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Volandes' research is focused on empirical and philosophical analyses of contemporary ethical issues in medicine. His interests include medical decision-making, video decision aids, health literacy, Alzheimer's disease, health inequalities, and theoretical frameworks for medical ethics. His research is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making.
He received his BA in philosophy from Harvard College his medical degree form the Yale School of Medicine, and a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Following medical school, Dr. Volandes completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed fellowships in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was named the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in 2004-5 at the Harvard University Center for Ethics.
The option for PH&S employees to view this archived talk via EventCast and receive CEU credit will be available from March 21, 2013. To learn more about Ethics Center EventCasts, click here.
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