News Release

January 21, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

At the End of Life: Ethics, Medicine and Your Rights

Topic of February 3rd Discovery Series

Farmington, Conn. - A panel of experts will discuss the ethical, medical and legal issues surrounding end of life care during a February 3, Discovery Series program at the University of Connecticut Health Center. The snow date is Thursday, February 5.

As always, the Discovery Series is free and will be held in the Health Center’s Keller Auditorium at 7 p.m. Registration is required. Please call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692.

Zita Lazzarini, J.D., M.P.H., director of the division of medical humanities, health, law and ethics, will present an overview of end of life issues, including details about specific Connecticut laws. She will present a fictional case study to illustrate the complexity of decisions regarding care for patients with catastrophic brain damage. Dr. Lazzarini will also provide advice on how individuals can clearly express their wishes about their own treatment in advance - and explain the downfalls of not making one’s wishes clear or well documented.

Dr. Lazzarini will be joined by Susan Levine, M.D., a primary care physician at the UConn Health Center, who serves on the hospital’s Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee helps patients and families deal with difficult end of life issues.

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